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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 8, 2020

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

PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 1,323 new positives bring statewide total to 54,238
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 8, that there are 1,323 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 54,238. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 200 new deaths and a total to 3,616 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 3,750 cases and 331 deaths; Chester County 1,728 cases and 176 deaths; Delaware County 4,680 cases and 382 deaths; Lehigh County 3,140 cases and 114 deaths; Montgomery County 5,037 cases and 515 deaths; Philadelphia 14,384 cases and 833 deaths. The deaths have occurred over the past several weeks.

New Jersey reports 135,454 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 8, there are 135,454 cases of COVID-19 cases and 8,952 deaths. There are 5,111 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 322 people have died. On May 7, Hunterdon County reported 701 cases and 44 deaths. In Alexandria Township, nine cases have been reported; Clinton Town 24 cases and one death; Clinton Township 59 cases and four deaths; Delaware Township 15 cases. East Amwell 13 cases; Flemington 14 cases and one death; Kingwood Township 13 cases; Lambertville City 21 cases and three deaths; Milford Borough three cases; Stockton Borough zero cases; West Amwell 16 cases plus two deaths; Raritan Township 136 cases and 17 deaths.


Gov. Wolf outlines plans to create Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps to support fall COVID-19 recovery efforts
As Pennsylvania plans to safely reopen the economy and recover from COVID-19, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the creation of the Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps, a public service initiative that will support efforts this fall to increase testing and contact tracing and provide critical new job opportunities in the public health sector.

Human Services launches emergency assistance program to help low-income families amidst COVID-19
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced an Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) to help low-income families who lost wages experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families who qualify will be eligible for a one-time payment to assist them in meeting basic needs and help them secure more stable financial footing in the future.


Trenton-Morrisville (U.S. 1), New Hope-Lambertville (U.S. 202) toll bridges to resume cash collections overnight Wednesday
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) today announced it will resume cash toll collections at its Trenton-Morrisville (Route) 1) and New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) toll bridges starting 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. The two bridges are among seven toll bridges that will have attendants return to Commission toll booths during the Wednesday overnight shift. The other crossings are: I-78 Toll Bridge, Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22) Toll Bridge, Portland-Columbia Toll Bridge, Delaware Water Gap (I-80) Toll Bridge, and Milford-Montage (Route 206) Toll Bridge.

Arts & Culture

Hunterdon County Library expands services with curbside pickup
The Hunterdon County Library system is providing scheduled curbside pickup for existing items on hold at both the Headquarters Library on Route 12 and the North County Branch in Clinton, N.J. The library will call patrons with existing items on hold to set up times to pick up their holds.

Education, Courses & Online Learning

Penn State Extension webinar to provide meal-planning guidance
Helping families plan healthy meals with limited supplies — all while staying within a budget — is the focus of a Penn State Extension webinar planned for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 14.

Health & Wellness

St. Luke’s restarts elective surgery and related procedures
St. Luke’s University Health Network will begin elective surgeries and resume certain other related procedures at its Pennsylvania hospitals and facilities on Monday, May 11. “Our hospitals are safe, and we are ready for you,” said Dr. William R. Burfeind, chairman of surgery.