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
PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 1,397 positives bring statewide total to 45,763
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon April
30, that there are 1,397 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing
the statewide total to 45,763. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have
cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting a total to 2,292 deaths
in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 2,870 cases and 205 deaths;
Chester County 1,375 cases and 111 deaths; Delaware County 3,696 cases
and 235 deaths; Lehigh County 2,796 cases and 74 deaths; Montgomery
County 4,307 cases and 351 deaths; Northampton County 2,050 cases and 94
deaths; Philadelphia 12,297 cases and 424 deaths.
New Jersey reports 116,264 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of April 30, there
are 116,264 cases and 6,770 deaths. There are 3,937 Mercer County
residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 231 people have
died. Hunterdon County reported 583 cases and 27 deaths. Flemington
Borough reported 31 cases, Frenchtown Borough five cases, Stockton
Borough zero cases and Milford Borough two cases. Lambertville City
counted 19 cases and the Town of Clinton counted 25 cases. Alexandria
Township reported nine cases, Clinton Township 56 cases, Delaware
Township 14 cases, East Amwell Township nine cases, Kingwood Township 11
cases, Raritan Township 110 cases and West Amwell Township 13 cases.
COVID-19 update shows regional trends as possible reopening approaches
This COVID-19 update by Peter Malamis of CRO Analytics adds a focus on
regional and county data associated with Governor Wolf’s reopening plan.
For Bucks County, while the current 14-day rolling average of new cases
of 102 is significantly above the target of 22, the last three days
have seen a meaningful drop of new cases to 83, 81, and 58. This does
not appear to be tied to lower testing rates based on statewide testing
numbers, however, I don’t have county level data on new tests. The
nursing home analysis was included because of questions about the impact
of nursing home cases on the overall totals. Statewide about 21% of all
cases are in nursing homes and at least in the Southeast PA region this
does not seem to impact the numbers disproportionately.
Other noteworthy items:
• All increase rates largely holding steady for the US, Pennsylvania, and Bucks County.
• SE-PA is the only region NOT decreasing its 7-day rolling average of new cases.
• Bucks and Chester appear to be the primary drivers behind SE-PA’s increasing numbers.
• Current Bucks County daily increase rate for new cases is 6% and will need to drop below 1%.
• Nursing home cases while potentially high relative to total number
of cases, appear to be consistent on a per capita basis within SE-PA.
• Montgomery County interactive map shows incidence detail potentially useful at a school district level.
Illegal dumping on the rise in Pennsylvania: Report it to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
to read the full report.
Since stay at home orders were issued on April 1 due to the novel
coronavirus (COVID-19), Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has received 73
reports identifying illegal dumpsites in 35 different counties across
the state. Fourteen percent of the sites are located on state park,
state forest, or game lands.
New Hope closes some gathering spots after social distancing violations
New Hope Borough wants visitors to enjoy New Hope safely. But some
small groups are making that harder to do, and the borough has been
forced to close some public spaces in the interest of public health.
Borough Police have responded to numerous calls from residents
concerning gatherings at public facilities, clearly violating
social-distancing guidelines that protect everyone's health. As a
consequence, the borough closed some gathering spots. Parking lots at
the New Hope Solebury High School, the American Legion and Borough lots
will now be closed on weekends. Lenape Park is now closed on weekends.
And the borough will be removing benches from public streets, grounds
PA Auditor General to audit state’s handling of COVID-19 business shutdown waivers
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he will audit how the Department
of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has managed the waiver
process for businesses that appealed Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 shutdown
order. “Some business owners complained that the department’s waiver
process was too slow and not transparent enough,” DePasquale said. “My
audit is intended to help make sure that the waiver process is managed
more smoothly should it be necessary to use it again in the future.”
PennDOT construction projects to resume beginning May 1
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today
that in accordance with Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan for a phased-in reopening
of public and private construction, PennDOT highway and bridge
construction projects will resume beginning May 1.
Gov. Wolf signs House Bill 1869 into law, provides compensation to PA National Guard members impacted by COVID-19 on active duty
Gov. Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1869, now Act 17 of 2020, after its
unanimous passage last week by both the Pennsylvania House and Senate.
This bipartisan legislation expands the Pennsylvania Heart and Lung Act
to provide 100% compensation of income for first responders who are
impacted by COVID-19 and are unable to perform their duties. The final
bill included an amendment that makes these same benefits available to
members of the Pennsylvania National Guard who contract COVID-19 or are
subject to quarantine while on state active duty. State Sen. Pam Iovino
(D – Allegheny and Washington), Democratic chair of the Senate Veterans
Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, helped to draft the
amendment, which was introduced by state Sen. Katie Muth (D – Berks,
Chester, and Montgomery).
Wolf administration: New funding awarded to assist hospitals across Pennsylvania
Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that nearly $324 million in funding has
been awarded to 31 hospitals across the commonwealth through the
Hospital Emergency Loan Program, or HELP, which provides short-term
financial relief as hospitals combat the surge of COVID-19 cases in
their area. The loan package was made available to the commonwealth’s
hospitals to provide immediate financial support for working capital to
ensure that these facilities have sufficient personnel, equipment and
personal protective equipment. The recipients include Lower Bucks
Hospital (Prime Healthcare Services - Lower Bucks LLC), $5 million.
Delaware River Towns seek shoppers support on Online Small Business Saturday May 2
May 2 is Online Small Business Saturday in the Delaware River Towns. The
business there ask that as area residents shop for Mother's Day, they
support Delaware River Towns’ businesses because they are in need of
patronage during the COVID-19 crisis. “If we lose our businesses, our
river towns risk losing their unique and special identities,” said the
Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce. For a list of participating
businesses, visit https://delawarerivertowns.com/save-our-shops/
are offering specials and gift card sales.
Eric & Christopher launches new collection; 15 percent of sales feed frontline workers
Eric & Christopher, this week, launched the new American Pride
Collection just in time for Mother's Day, National Nurses Week and
Teacher Appreciation Week. Fifteen percent of all Eric & Christopher
sales right now, including the American Pride Collection, go to feeding
Unemployment claims increase for sixth week
The Center Square – For the sixth consecutive week, Pennsylvania has
seen massively inflated numbers for new unemployment claims compared to
the data from before the onset of the coronavirus crisis. Another
131,282 Pennsylvania residents filed for jobless benefits during the
week ending April 25, according to the latest numbers released Thursday
by the U.S. Department of Labor. That brings the total for the past six
weeks up to about 1.6 million.
The Fuge in Warminster offers free to-go meals and music
Due to Covid 19, The Fuge, 780 Falcon Circle, Warminster, is offering
individuals and families an opportunity to order free meals for pickup
between 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday May 2. There will be music playing so
those in line in their cars for drive-up pickup can dance in their cars,
said Fuge owner Sam Cravaro.
Fragrance company donates barrels of hand sanitizer to Hunterdon County
Hunterdon County has received a donation of two 55 gallon drums of hand
sanitizer from Firmenich, a Swiss perfume and taste company with offices
in Newark, N.J., for use by essential county staff and distribution to
first responders and medical providers, Hunterdon County Freeholder
Board Deputy Director Sue Soloway has announced.
Perkasie Borough participating in “Bells Across Pennsylvania Day”
Perkasie Borough will take part in “Bells Across Pennsylvania Day” in
support of first responders, health-care workers and essential
employees, and their ongoing efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. On
May 3, area residents and churches are asked to ring bells at 7 p.m.
for three minutes, with each minute representing one of the following
Health & Wellness
Hunterdon Healthcare to close Respiratory Assessment Tent
As of 6 p.m. on Friday, May 1, Hunterdon Healthcare will close the
Respiratory Assessment Tent located at Hunterdon Medical Center. Over
the past two weeks, the Respiratory Assessment Tent has seen a decrease
in patient volume, which is why the decision was made to close the site.
Penn Foundation offers virtual Anger Management Group
Penn Foundation is offering a virtual Anger Management Group for adults
on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m., beginning May 12. The group will run via
Zoom for 11weeks through July 21. All insurances accepted.