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Daily local coronavirus briefing - May 1, 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, 1,208 new positives bring statewide total to 46,971
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 1, that there are 1,208 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 46,971. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 62 new deaths and a total to 2,354 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 3,055 cases and 225 deaths; Chester County 1,432 cases and 111 deaths; Delaware County 3,848 cases and 240 deaths; Lehigh County 2,850 cases and 80 deaths; Montgomery County 4,406 cases and 362 deaths; Northampton County 2,103 cases and 94 deaths; Philadelphia 12,544 cases and 424 deaths.


New Jersey reports 118,652 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 1, there are 118,652 cases and 7,228 deaths. There are 4,077 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 239 people have died. Hunterdon County reported 603 cases and 29 deaths. Flemington Borough reported 31 cases, Frenchtown Borough five cases, Stockton Borough zero cases and Milford Borough two cases. Lambertville City counted 20 cases and the Town of Clinton counted 24 cases. Alexandria Township reported nine cases, Clinton Township 56 cases and four deaths, Delaware Township 14 cases, East Amwell Township 12 cases, Kingwood Township 11 cases, Raritan Township 116 cases and seven deaths, and West Amwell Township 14 cases and two deaths.


Data analysis shows regional trends
A 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. (appendix)

Click HERE to read the full report


Government

Gov. Wolf Announces reopening of 24 counties beginning May 8
Balancing economic benefits and public health risks, Gov. Tom Wolf today announced the reopening of 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state, moving them from red to yellow beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 8.

“Over the past two months, Pennsylvanians in every corner of our commonwealth have acted collectively to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Wolf said. “We have seen our new case numbers stabilize statewide and while we still have areas where outbreaks are occurring, we also have many areas that have few or no new cases.”
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PennDOT extends expiration dates on driver licenses, ID cards and learner’s permits
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Effective April 30, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31 are now extended through June 30.
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Hunterdon County parks and trails open May 2
Hunterdon County’s Freeholders have announced the county’s parks and trails will again open to the public on May 2, but advise parks users to follow social distancing rules in order to ensure that the state does not close parks again.
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Community Support

Schwartz Financial Services thanks heroes at St. Mary
For the fourth time in seven weeks, Schwartz Financial Services in Washington Crossing placed an order to Spano’s Ristorante Italiano in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., to feed the heroes at St. Mary’s Medical Center ER in Langhorne. This week, Schwartz placed its largest order yet – 12 trays of Italian food.
 
  
Chef Joe Spano of Spano’s Ristorante Italiano drops off food for heroes at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Langhorne. Schwartz Financial Services provided the food as a thank you to front-line health care workers.


Arts & Culture

Raritan River Music Festival Chamber moves completely online
Marking its 31st season, due to COVID 19, the 2020 Raritan River Music Festival, winner of the National Award for Adventurous Programming from ASCAP/Chamber Music America, announces the festival will take place entirely online with links to every event available through the www.RaritanRiverMusic.org website. The four-week festival runs at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 2-23.
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‘Get Your Tail on the Trail’ starts 165-mile challenge
The “Get Your Tail on the Trail” program, offered by St. Luke’s University Health Network and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L), is off and running for its seventh year. The program challenges participants to log 165 miles of exercise such as walking, hiking, running, biking or paddling from May 1 to Nov. 2.

A virtual kickoff event will be held on Saturday, May 2 with Dr. Joanne Calabrese. Simply visit the following link: https://vimeo.com/412473108.
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