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Daily Coronavirus Briefing - May 9, 2020


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, 1,078 new positives bring statewide total to 55,316
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 9, that there are 1,078 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 55,316. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 72 new deaths and a total to 3,688 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 3,852 cases and 336 deaths; Chester County 1,774 cases and 183 deaths; Delaware County 4,836 cases and 394 deaths; Lehigh County 3,169 cases and 120 deaths; Montgomery County 5,116 cases and 523 deaths; Philadelphia 14,637 cases and 856 deaths. The deaths have occurred over the past several weeks.

New Jersey reports 137,085 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 9, there are 137,085 cases of COVID-19 cases and 9,116 deaths. There are 5,233 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 330 people have died. On May 8, Hunterdon County reported 706 cases and 46 deaths. Alexandria Township listed nine cases; Clinton Town 24 cases and one death; Clinton Township 59 cases and four deaths; Delaware 15 cases; East Amwell 13 cases; Flemington 47 cases and one death; Frenchtown 6 cases; Kingwood Township 13 cases; Lambertville City 21 cases and three deaths; Milford three cases; Raritan Township 140 cases and 17 deaths; West Amwell 16 cases and two deaths


Thirteen additional counties will move to Yellow Phase of reopening May 15
Gov. Tom Wolf announced 13 Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.

Department of Health releases revised dental health care guidance for treating patients during COVID-19 pandemic
The Pennsylvania Department of Health released the revised dental health care guidance as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s strategic, phased COVID-19 reopening plan. Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have revised their business closure orders issued on March 19 to remove the prohibition on non-urgent and non-emergent, dental procedures. Those orders were issued May 7.

Wolf administration provides guidance for buildings closed during COVID-19
As businesses in counties enter the Yellow Phase of the state’s reopening plan, the Pennsylvania departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Health (DOH) are encouraging owners and operators of dormant buildings to flush building water systems prior to reopening. Buildings that have been closed or used less frequently for an extended period of time may experience problems with water quality due to stagnation.

Gov. Wolf signs child marriage ban, psychology compact bills
Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 360, which sets 18 as the minimum age to obtain a marriage license and extends the time period for child care and school employees to obtain their criminal Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background certifications.

HHS distributes $323,633,599 to Pennsylvania hospitals heavily impacted by COVID-19 pandemic
The Department of Health and Human Services is distributing $12 billion allocated for a targeted distribution to hospitals in areas that have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, including $323,633,599 to hospitals in Pennsylvania.

Community Support

State Rep. Wendi Thomas hosting Collection Day for Long-Term Care Facilities
State Rep. Wendi Thomas (R-178) will hold a non-contact collection event to help long-term care facilities. “As we continue to address issues resulting from the coronavirus, we see the devastation at our long-term care facilities in our district,” Thomas said. “To support the most vulnerable, we have reached out to these facilities to assist them in this crisis. Right now, they need a number of items to keep their residents and staff safe.”