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Daily local coronavirus briefing - April 28, 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.
 

PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 1,214 positives bring statewide total to 43,264
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon April 28, that there are 1,214 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 43,264. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 1,716 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 2,643 cases and 164 deaths; Chester County 1,256 cases and 85 deaths; Delaware County 3,463 cases and 161 deaths; Lehigh County 2,685 cases and 64 deaths; Montgomery County 3,817 cases and 232 deaths; Northampton County 1,970 cases and 55 deaths; Philadelphia 11,604 cases and 276 deaths.


New Jersey reports 113,856 COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of April 28, there are 113,856 cases of COVID-19 in the state and 6,442 deaths. A total of 3,605 Mercer County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and 212 people have died. Hunterdon County reported 573 cases as of noon April 28 and 24 deaths. The report from Hunterdon County on April 27 counted 29 cases in Flemington, five in Frenchtown, zero in Stockton and 2 in Milford boroughs; 23 cases in the Town of Clinton; 17 in the City of Lambertville; 9 in Alexandria, 57 in Clinton, 15 in Delaware, 9 in East Amwell, 12 in Kingwood, and 13 in West Amwell townships. Raritan Township reports 106 cases.
 

Government

Gov. Wolf announces May 1 statewide reopening of limited outdoor recreational activities
To ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that his administration is lifting some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities.
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court directs local courts to restore more operations
In an order issued today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court directed county courts to restore a wider range of operations, while giving priority to critical matters and remaining focused on protecting the health and safety of court users, personnel and the public. “Courts play a central role in our constitutional democracy, and it’s important to ensure that they are available to those seeking vindication of their rights or resolution of disputes,” said Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Saylor. “The COVID-19 health emergency has forced everyone to adapt, and courts have quickly adjusted to handle a wide range of matters remotely.
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Auditor general calls for greater transparency on COVID-19 cases, deaths at state-run veterans homes
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today urged the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and Department of Health (DOH) to release more information about the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths occurring in state-run veterans homes. “Our veterans and their families deserve to have a full and complete picture of what’s happening inside Pennsylvania’s veterans homes,” DePasquale said. “Without more specific information, families are left to worry about their loved ones.”
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Business

Comcast extends commitments to Xfinity customers through June 30
Comcast said Monday it will extend its commitments for Xfinity customers through June 30 to help ensure students can finish out the school year from home and remain connected to the internet during the COVID-19 crisis. Comcast made the following commitments March 13, which will now be extended into the summer:
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Community Support

NJM Insurance Group commits $400,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts
NJM Insurance Group of Trenton, N.J., has committed $400,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts to assist families, businesses and communities impacted by the pandemic. The funding will go toward nonprofits serving essential needs, health-care providers, emergency responders and coordinated statewide efforts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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Call for help issued for air purifying respirators
If you have an old CPAP (currently not in use) and you want to help during this pandemic, you can donate your old machine to create powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) for our health care providers. They wear the PAPRs, which filter air before breathing, to eliminate concerns about inhaling COVID-19 contaminated air. Dr. Beth Snyder’s office at 252 West Swamp Road #25 Doylestown, is a donation collection point through May 30.


Feeding Pennsylvania joins #GivingTuesdayNow
Feeding Pennsylvania is responding to meet the needs of its member food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic by participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. #GivingTuesdayNow will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
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Young musicians to raise funds ... by practicing
Trenton Music Makers is promoting an opportunity for young people, missing their own orchestras and bands while their schools are closed, to play “together,” in support of Trenton youth whose orchestra is currently meeting on Zoom. They can invite sponsors to make per-minute pledges in support of the Trenton-based youth orchestra.
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Palisades Community Foundation offers meals to those in need
Meals are being provided to families in the Palisades School District thanks to donations made to Palisades Community Foundation (PCF) to support those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals will be distributed from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Palisades High School in a drive-through fashion. To reserve meals to pick up, for your family or for others in need in the district, including senior citizens, fill out a form by the end of day on Wednesday, April 29, at: https://forms.gle/wCUHDA6MUTERWXgY8 to allow enough time for the meals to be prepared and packaged.
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Arts & Culture

Opera Philadelphia streaming digital festival; seeking contributions
Opera Philadelphia plans to stream a digital festival of five productions, including four recent world premieres. The five operas will receive digital premieres from May 1 through May 29 on YouTube and operaphila.org, and will feature special opening night content such as pre-show interviews with artists that reveal the nuances involved in bringing new work and new productions to the stage. Following each digital premiere, the operas will remain available on-demand for varying lengths of time through Aug. 31. The festival comes at an urgent time of fundraising for the company, which must raise $4 million by May 31 in order to move forward with plans for the 2020-2021 season. Visit www.operaphila.org for information.


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