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Local coronavirus briefing - April 5, 2020


PA Department of health provides update on COVID-19, 1,493 positives bring statewide total to 11,510
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, April 5, that there are 1,493 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 11,510 in 65 counties. The department also reported14 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 150. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. Bucks County reports 555 cases and 13 deaths; Delaware 708 and 14 deaths; Lehigh 877 and eight deaths; Montgomery 1,111 cases and 18 deaths; Northampton 636 cases and 11 deaths; Philadelphia 3,135 cases and 28 deaths. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. There are 66,261 patients who have tested negative to date.

New Jersey reports county statistics for COVID-19
New Jersey reported 34,124 cases and 846 deaths. Hunterdon County had 192 confirmed cases and one death and Mercer County had 654 cases and 16 deaths. In Hunterdon County, reported April 4, 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.

Gov. Wolf, religious leaders encourage alternate forms of religious gatherings
Stay-at-home order updated to reflect need to limit in-person religious gatherings the COVID-19 pandemic and as significant religious holidays approach in the coming weeks, Gov. Tom Wolf and religious leaders from across the commonwealth are encouraging alternative forms of faith gatherings. Gov. Wolf and Department of Health Sec. Dr. Rachel Levine updated the stay-at-home order guidance to reflect the need for further guidance for religious gatherings.

While nothing in the stay-at-home order should affect the operation of religious institutions, “Religious leaders are encouraged to find alternatives to in-person gatherings and to avoid endangering their congregants. Individuals should not gather in religious buildings or homes for services or celebrations until the stay-at-home order is lifted,” the guidance says.

“I know that we’re nearing several holidays, including major religious holidays like Easter and Passover,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am encouraging religious leaders hosting a holiday celebration to consider an alternative that does not bring people together in-person.” 

Wolf Administration announces new resource for manufacturers to produce COVID-19-related supplies
On April 4 Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal, which will mobilize manufacturers that are producing COVID-19-related products and supplies or can pivot to producing COVID-19-related supplies.The portal was developed through a joint effort between DCED, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, IRC Network, Life Sciences PA, Pennsylvania Life Sciences Greenhouses, and the PA Chamber of Business and Industry.

Pink donates $1 million to help fight COVID-19
The entertainer Pink, a Bucks County native, has recovered from coronavirus and has donated $1 million — including $500,000 to Temple University Hospital — to help fight the virus. The donation to the Philadelphia hospital is in honor of her mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years. Pink also donated $500,000 to the Los Angeles Mayor's Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. The singer, who was raised in Doylestown, made the announcement Friday on Twitter.