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Daily local coronavirus briefing - May 4, 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, 825 new positives bring statewide total to 50,092
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 4, that there are 825 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 50,092 cases, 14 new deaths and a total to 2,458 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 3,356 cases and 258 deaths; Lehigh County 2,963 cases and 83 deaths; Montgomery County 4,645 cases and 382 deaths; Northampton County 2,240 cases and 94 deaths; Philadelphia 13,316 cases and 424 deaths.

New Jersey reports 128,269 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 4, there are 128,269 cases and 7,910 deaths. There are 4,594 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 256 people have died. On May 3, Hunterdon County reported 665 cases and 37 deaths. Flemington Borough reported 34 cases and one death, Frenchtown Borough 13 cases, Stockton Borough zero cases and Milford Borough three cases and one death. Lambertville City counted 20 cases and three deaths and the Town of Clinton counted 24 cases. Alexandria Township reported nine cases, Clinton Township 57 cases and four deaths, Delaware Township 15 cases, East Amwell Township 13 cases, Kingwood Township 12 cases, Raritan Township 126 cases and nine deaths, and West Amwell Township 16 cases and two deaths.


Park users make reopen of Hunterdon County parks a success
Hunterdon County park users successfully maintained social distancing and there were no reportable incidents over the weekend, after county parks and trails reopened May 2, Sheriff Fred W. Brown reported.

Department of Human Services reminds Pennsylvanians that mental health help is available
The Department of Human Services (DHS) today marked Mental Health Awareness Month with a reminder that it is OK to not feel OK and that help is available. Mental Health Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness and understanding and to fight stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders.

State House bill would open small businesses ahead of governor’s schedule
The Center Square – Pennsylvania House lawmakers approved another measure this week that would reopen more small businesses ahead of the governor’s schedule – this time with some bipartisan support.

Wolf administration applies for $523 million in emergency funds to support schools
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today submitted its Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund application to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to obtain approximately $523.8 million in emergency, one-time funds to help schools respond to COVID-19 impacts.


Visit Bucks County encourages celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week by supporting local businesses, touring outdoors
This week is National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel industry, which will spotlight resilience and hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with this year’s theme: Spirit of Travel.

Community Support

ShopRite launches #EssentialThanks Campaign to thank frontline workers, benefit food banks
ShopRite has kicked off a campaign to thank the important health-care workers, first responders and supermarket associates everywhere who are serving area communities through the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign, called Essential Thanks, gives everyone an opportunity to show their gratitude by posting a thank you note to COVID-19 frontline workers.

For each message of thanks people post through ShopRite’s newly created website, ShopRite will donate one dollar to regional food banks for COVID-19 relief efforts.

Arts & Culture

Herb Society cancels annual May Herb Sale
The Herb Society of America ~ Delaware Valley Unit has canceled its annual May Herb Sale. The society investigated many options, including website ordering and curbside pickup but was unable to work out details that could guarantee safety and comply with guidelines as well as meet minimum sale requirements from its supplier. The society is now planning these things for next year. The society also is continuing to plan programming for when it is safe for people to be together again and will provide schedule updates in the future. Webinars presented on the national Herb Society of America website include “The Brambles: Sorting through the Thicket of Rubus Terminology” by Susan Belsinger, on Thursday May 21. For information, visit
Moore College of Art and Design launches new website to honor class of 2020
A special annual event for Moore College of Art & Design seniors is going virtual. The traditional Senior Show exhibition, where student artists present their work to the public and potential employers in The Galleries at Moore, will become a dynamic legacy event in digital space to honor the entire graduating Class of 2020. The exhibition launches Friday, May 8, at

“Else/Where” is a photography, mixed media sculpture, plastered objects, digital print on mesh-screen, double-sided door is by Kenyssa Evans '20, BFA Photography & Digital Arts.       

Health & Wellness

HHS is processing Provider Relief Fund payments
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is processing payments from the Provider Relief Fund to hospitals with large numbers of COVID-19 inpatient admissions through April 10, and to rural providers in support of the national response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing scheduled at Raritan Valley Community College
Somerset County and Hunterdon County, in collaboration with Raritan Valley Community College will hold COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinics on: Tuesday May 5 and Thursday May 7. Additional dates will be offered based on availability of test kits and personal protective equipment. Testing is by appointment only and a valid doctor's prescription is required. Anyone without an appointment will be turned away.

Local hospitals earn “A” grade for patient safety
Several area hospitals, including Doylestown Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, Hunterdon Medical Center and several St. Luke’s University Health Network hospitals, have earned “A” grades for patient safety from the Leap Frog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. To see full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit