Department of health provides update on COVID-19, 1,597 positives bring statewide total to 10,017
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, April
4, that there are 1,597 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing
the statewide total to 10,017 in 64 counties. The department also
reported 34 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide
total to 136. County-specific information and a statewide map are
available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being
treated at the hospital. Bucks County had 488 cases and 11 deaths;
Chester 250 and two deaths; Delaware 616 and 13 deaths; Lehigh 804 and
seven deaths; Montgomery 982 and 17 deaths; Northampton 588 and 11
deaths; Philadelphia 2,610 and 24 deaths.
There are 60,013 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the
patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as
follows: Nearly 1% are age 0-4; Nearly 1% are age 5-12; 1% are age
13-18; Nearly 8% are age 19-24; 41% are age 25-49; Nearly 29% are age
50-64; and Nearly 20% are age 65 or older.
Donations in Lehigh Valley sought during COVID-19 pandemic
Donations of personal protective equipment and general supplies for
nonprofits are being sought to meet needs in Lehigh and Northampton
counties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the personal protective
equipment most in demand are N95 masks, surgical masks and wipes.
Before dropping off the items, donors are asked to complete a form on
Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley website,
. The counties’ Emergency
Management Services agencies are setting up a Lehigh Valley Donations
Health Care Supplies site, and county staff will distribute the
donations. The items can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and 2
p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the donation site: Service
Electric Cable TV and Communications, 2260 Avenue A, Bethlehem 18017.
The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley also has a section on its
website where nonprofits can request volunteers and donations for their
specific needs. https://www.volunteerlv.org/covid-19
If you have questions or need to make arrangements other than the listed
drop off times, call 610-782-4600 or email email@example.com
Virtual screenings at Acme Screening Room, Lambertville, N.J.
to order. Purchases are $12 for first-run
shows, variable prices for others. Films include “The Woman Who Loves
Giraffes,” “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” “Wild
Goose Lake,” “Saint Frances,” and others.
Bucks IU’s Mobile FAB LAB equipment now producing PPE for front line of the COVID-19 fight
The Bucks County Intermediate Unit’s (Bucks IU) Mobile FAB LAB may be
parked on the sidelines while schools are closed, but the equipment it
normally takes around the county for students to use is not sitting
idle. Dr. Lindsey Sides, Bucks IU supervisor of STEAM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Education, heard from her
connections in the science and technology world that some 3-D printers
could be used to help fabricate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for
medical personnel and first responders on the front line of fight
against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
After many searches and trying to connect with several groups, Sides
heard from Amy Kuceyeski, an associate professor of mathematics and
radiology at Cornell University. Kuceyeski had mobilized a team of
people at Cornell to work on how they could use their 3-D printers to
make face shields. The Cornell team shared their design plans,
specifications, and instructions.
Sides joined forces with Megan Boletta, the Bucks IU’s FAB LAB program
coordinator, and they got started. Fabrication materials were ordered
and delivered, prototypes were made, and processes were documented.
Within just a few days, they had a process finalized and documented, and
a prototype ready to be approved. On Friday, April 3, the educators
took the prototype to the Bucks County Emergency Operations Center,
located in Ivyland for review and approval. It passed with flying
colors and production was able to begin immediately. Anyone interested
in the details can contact Dr. Lindsey at STEAM@BucksIU.org
or call her
at 215-348-2940 x1460.
Penn State Extension Service offers free online courses
For the month of April, Penn State Extension is offering free online
courses. Among them are Planting Landscape Trees, Modifying Tree
Planting Sites in the Built Environment and the Growing Great Buffers
series. Contact Pen State Extension at ExtensionEmail@psu.edu
information. Penn State educators are developing new learning
opportunities to continue to meet the science-based needs of the
Gov. Wolf Calls for Universal Masking
During a COVID-19 press briefing today Gov. Tom Wolf recommended that
all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for
life-sustaining reasons. As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in the state,
Gov. Wolf stressed the need to intensify all measures to help stop the
spread of the virus.
New Jersey reports county statistics for COVID-19
Today, New Jersey reported 34,124 cases and 846 deaths. Hunterdon County
had 182 confirmed cases and one death and Mercer County had 586 cases
and 13 deaths. In Hunterdon County, reported April 3, Lambertville
reported 9 cases; Alexandria Township 2; Kingwood Township 2; Delaware
Township 4; East Amwell Township 4; Flemington 6; Frenchtown 2; Stockton
0 and West Amwell 3.