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Daily local coronavirus briefing - April 25, 2020

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Bucks County Coronavirus Summary
Welcome to the Bucks County 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-2019). This page has the latest information on coronavirus in the county, updated daily.
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PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 1,397 positives bring statewide total to 40,049
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon April 25, that there are 1,397 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 40,049. Today, the state is reporting 1,537 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 2,421 cases and 136 deaths; Chester County 1,134 cases and 82 deaths; Delaware County 3,161 cases and 140 deaths; Lehigh County 2,551 cases and 50 deaths; Montgomery County 3,627 cases and 214 deaths; Northampton County 1,780 cases and 49 deaths; Philadelphia 10,893 cases and 272 deaths. There are 152,886 patients who have tested negative to date.


New Jersey reports 105,523 positive COVID-19 cases for April 25
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of April 25, there are 105,523 cases and 5,863 deaths. A total of 3,245 Mercer County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 183 people have died. Hunterdon County reports 505 cases and 23 deaths.


Government

Wolf Administration elaborates on data driven reopening standard
In consultation with public health professionals and in an effort to simplify and to better capture growth, decline, or stability, the Wolf Administration elaborated on the Department of Health metrics. A target goal for reopening has been set at having fewer than 50 new confirmed cases per 100,000 population reported to the department in the previous 14 days.
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Wolf Administration extends Volunteer Loan Assistance Program maturity dates, deferments
The Wolf Administration said it will extend the maturity dates of loans offered to volunteer fire departments under the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP) and temporarily defer payments for the months of April, May and June.
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Wolf administration: Regionalized priority COVID-19 testing available to workforce supporting Pennsylvania’s food supply
Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that workers supporting Pennsylvania’s food supply chain in select areas of eastern Pennsylvania – from farmers and seasonal laborers, to food processing facilities and warehouses, and grocery store workers – would be eligible for priority COVID-19 testing at the Montgomery County mass testing site or the federally funded testing size in Luzerne County, at the Mohegan Sun.
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Community Support

Palisades Community Foundation to distribute free meals next Friday
The Palisades Community Foundation (PCF) will once again distribute free meals next weekend. If you or someone you know would like to receive a free meal courtesy of PCF, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/wCUHDA6MUTERWXgY8.


Bucks-based Americans for Native Americans makes plea for Navajo Nation
According to NBC and other news sources, the Navajo Nation has the third highest infection rate in the country, behind only New York and New Jersey in per capita confirmed cases of COVID-19. ANA is requesting help with food for children, face masks, disinfecting wipes, according to Mary Lee Reiff, ANA chair.
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Health & Wellness

St. Luke’s discharges 500th COVID-19 patient
St. Luke’s University Health Network discharged its 500th COVID-19 patient Friday afternoon. Debra Kannapel, 60, of Freemansburg, left St. Luke’s Anderson Campus to the applause of staff as the Rocky theme song played over the intercom. Among the patients St. Luke’s has discharged are many who were on ventilators. St. Luke’s has extubated about 50 patients across the network.

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