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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 6, 2020

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Bucks County Coronavirus Summary
Welcome to the Bucks County 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) guide. This page has the latest information on coronavirus in the county, updated daily.
 

PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 888 new positives bring statewide total to 51,845
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of noon May 6, there are 888 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 51,845. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting an increase of 94 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 3,106 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 3,508 cases and 304 deaths; Chester County 1,601 cases and 149 deaths; Delaware County 4,373 cases and 326 deaths; Lehigh County 3,063 cases and 102 deaths; Montgomery County 4,827 cases and 471 deaths; Northampton County 2,313 cases and 122 deaths; Philadelphia 13,742 cases and 625 deaths.


New Jersey reports 131,890 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 6, there are 131,890 positive cases of COVID-19 and 8,549 people have died. There are 4,860 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 298 people have died. Hunterdon County reported 682 cases and 39 deaths.


Government

Fitzpatrick co-introduces bipartisan legislation to provide student debt relief to essential workers
U.S. Reps. Brain Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) introduced legislation yesterday to provide $25,000 in either student loan debt relief or education benefits to essential workers and their family members. The Opportunities for Heroes Act recognizes the contributions made by a diverse set of workers, including firefighters and first responders, health care providers, grocery store employees, transportation workers, and more, to help Americans through the COVID-19 health emergency.
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Gov. Wolf: Free N95 decontamination system for health care facilities, first responders now available
Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the availability of a program to provide free N95 respirator decontamination to health care facilities, first responders, and other eligible organizations that may be experiencing a shortage of the respirators due to limited availability through normal procurement channels. “We are in the midst of an unprecedented shortage of personal protective equipment,” said Wolf. “This critical decontamination service, provided at no cost by the US Department of Health and Human Services (US HHS), gives us another option for making sure that the people at the forefront of this pandemic have the equipment they need to stay safe.”
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Community Support

Proceeds of “Together” lawn sign sale to benefit Fisherman’s Mark
Join Impact Signs NH by showing community unity toward the fight against COVID-19 and support those who are struggling. Lawn signs will be available for purchase for $15 at different local establishments May 7. The proceeds will be given to Fisherman’s Mark Lambertville N.J.
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Health & Wellness

St. Luke’s conducts more than 100,000 virtual visits during COVID-19 crisis
In March as COVID-19 began to spread throughout the Lehigh Valley, St. Luke‘s University Health Network took extraordinary steps to keep as many patient appointments as possible by establishing itself as the regional leader in digital health. More than 1,200 providers, including physical therapists, were trained to perform virtual visits. By last week, they had conducted more than 100,000 telehealth appointments.
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