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Daily local coronavirus briefing - April 29, 2020


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, 1,102 positives bring statewide total to 44,366
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon April 29, that there are 1,102 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 44,366. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting an increase of 479 deaths, bringing the total to 2,195 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 2,733 cases and 185 deaths; Chester County 1,304 cases and 101 deaths; Delaware County 3,619 cases and 224 329 deaths; Northampton County 2,008 cases and 85 deaths; Philadelphia 11,885 cases and 424 deaths.


Pennsylvania receives $34 million to provide essential services to older adults
As part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 emergency, Pennsylvania has received $34 million to support services authorized by the Older Americans Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. These services include home-delivered meals; in-home care services; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; and information and referral services. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. As a result, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a total of $955 million for states in grants from the Administration for Community Living.

Wolf Administration expands grants to help the charitable food system
The Wolf Administration is making immediate changes to the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program to help ensure food banks are adequately supplied to meet the needs of Pennsylvania residents. Increased demand on the charitable food system related to COVID-19 has demonstrated an immediate need for resources to support additional cold storage space, and more flexibility and changes to this grant program. The changes also encourage partnerships between nonprofit organizations such as food banks and farms, processors and cooperatives that continue to experience challenges within the food supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

Bill to allow safe real estate transactions in Pennsylvania passes House, heads to Senate
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday passed legislation by Rep. Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks), House Bill 2412, to require the secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development to issue a waiver to the COVID-19 Business Closure Order to allow all real estate-related activities that can adhere to social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Education, Courses & Online Learning

Bucks County Free Library offers new and expanded online services and digital resources
Although BCFL’s physical buildings have been closed for more than a month, the library is open and serving the Bucks County community with expanded access to e-resources and services in the digital sphere including:

Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners reschedules Bar Exam
The Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners has announced that, with the approval of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, it has rescheduled the July 2020 bar exam to Sept. 9 and 10, in light of the health and safety issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board recognizes that the viability of those dates depends on factors that cannot now fully be assessed, and it will continue to work with those studying COVID-19 and proper safety measures.

Health & Wellness

MinuteClinic expands options to help patients access routine care
As the nation continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, CVS Health announced that MinuteClinic, the company's retail medical clinic, is now offering expanded telehealth options to help patients access safe, affordable and convenient non-emergency care.