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Daily local coronavirus briefing - May 5, 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, 865 new positives bring statewide total to 50,957
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon May 5, that there are 865 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 50,957. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 554 new deaths and a total to 3,012 deaths in Pennsylvania. Bucks County reports 3,495 cases and 283 deaths; Chester County 1,601 cases and 149 deaths; Delaware County 4,269 cases and 310 deaths; Lehigh County 2,999 cases and 94 deaths; Montgomery County 4,687 cases and 443 deaths; Northampton County 2,279 cases and 117 deaths; Philadelphia 13,563 cases and 627 deaths.


New Jersey reports 118,652 positive COVID-19 cases
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that as of May 5, there are 128,269 cases and 7,910 deaths. There are 4,743 Mercer County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 280 people have died. On May 4, Hunterdon County reported 665 cases and 37 deaths.


Government

Gov. Wolf provides business guidance as some counties move to yellow phase May 8
To continue to limit the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tom Wolf has provided guidance that details procedures businesses must follow to conduct in-person operations in counties slated to move to the yellow phase of reopening on May 8. All businesses, including non-profits, permitted to conduct in-person operations are subject to this guidance. This guidance is based on the building safety and business safety orders, under which nearly all life-sustaining businesses have been operating during the red phase.
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COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program awards $14 million in new funds to businesses in 39 counties
On behalf of Gov. Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin said Monday that 173 companies in 39 counties have received $14 million in funding during the third round of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). The latest round of funding supports restaurants, wellness centers, wineries and breweries, consulting firms, salons and spas, and more. To date, more than $37 million was awarded to a number of diverse businesses.
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House acts to expand COVID-19 testing in PA
Legislation prioritizing COVID-19 testing for first responders, medical professionals and vulnerable populations passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 201-1, said House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster). House Bill 2455 establishes a comprehensive framework for statewide COVID-19 testing and gives local health departments greater latitude to implement coronavirus testing.
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Commonwealth Heavy Equipment Auction canceled in response to COVID-19
Due to ongoing mitigation efforts to address the spread of COVID-19 and a pause on routine state government purchasing, Pennsylvania will not be holding the spring Heavy Equipment Auction that usually takes place in early May for municipalities and June for the general public. The commonwealth will explore options for a future auction in September 2020.
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Sen. Toomey set to lead virtual roundtable on re-opening economy
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care, will convene a virtual roundtable on the issue of safely re-opening the economy at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6. The public can stream this roundtable via Senator Toomey’s YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUM4FFU1p-_YuHqmBglyXw.


Business
 
Lower Bucks Chamber hosts sales and marketing webinar
Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce offers a “Pivoting Your Sales & Marketing Strategies for COVID-19 & Beyond Webinar” at 1 p.m. May 7. The coronavirus pandemic has forced businesses to adjust their sales and marketing strategies quickly. This shift in focus isn’t only affecting businesses’ approach during COVID-19 but will change how they sell and market their businesses post-pandemic.
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Local businesses receive funds through COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program
The Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA) has awarded a total of $400,000 to four businesses in Bucks County.

Briarwood Recreation in Furlong, Baldwin Publishing in Washington Crossing, Gemini Plastics in Fallsington, and Roger S. Wright Furniture in Hilltown Township each received the maximum amount of $100,000 through this program.
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Community Support

Bucks County teens raise over $2,000 for United Way of Bucks County
The Teen Group of the Bucks County, Pa., Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. will award the United Way of Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund with a donation of $2,057 on May 6. These funds were raised, in part, from a virtual fundraiser conducted by the teens in the chapter. As members of the Bucks County community, they wanted to do their part in helping their neighbors as they deal with the short- and long-term financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jack and Jill of America Inc. is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 to 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty.


Arts & Culture

Exhibit B Gallery offers discount on work of solo artists
Exhibit B Gallery in Souderton is having a sale on its entire inventory through May 31. Customers will be able to shop the sale on the gallery’s website by artist or by discount amount. Exhibit B Gallery hopes to improve people’s day while they work from home with new art (a positive change). This supports the 25 artists the gallery represents; all of whom are one-person small businesses mostly in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Customers have the choice of sanitary shipping, or the gallery can hold their purchases until retail shops are allowed to open to the public again. Visit https://www.exhibitbgallery.com/shop or call 215-799-0266 with questions.


Pennridge Area Memorial Day Parade canceled due to pandemic
The Pennridge Area Memorial Day parade, a much-loved tradition, has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It won't be rescheduled this year. The parade usually is followed by an hour-long memorial service at the War Monument.
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Construction has restarted at the County Theater in Doylestown
Construction on the County Theater Expansion Project has restarted. All work is now subject to rigorous safety standards, including daily temperature readings for each worker and other check-in procedures, mandatory facemasks, and proper social distancing at all times. A portable sink is on site for frequent hand washing.

Specifically, workers resumed the masonry work today and are scheduled to pour the basement slabs on Friday. Six weeks of work have been lost and it’s hoped that it will be made up over the next few months. It’s possible that the planned December 1st completion date may be pushed back.

A temporary sink is installed outside the County Theater for construction workers.

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