PA Department of Health reports 1,470 new confirmed positives COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 12,980
The Pennsylvania Department of Health at noon today confirmed that there
are 1,470 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide
total to 12,980 in 65 counties. The department also reported 12 new
deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 162. All
people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
Confirmed cases by county in the region are: Bucks, 619 and 17 deaths;
Chester, 307 and three deaths; Delaware, 822 and 15 deaths; Lehigh,
1,006 and eight deaths; Montgomery, 1,230 and 18 deaths; Northampton,
716 and 12 deaths; Philadelphia, 3,211 and 28 deaths. There are 70,874
patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have
tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows: less than 1%
are aged 0-4; nearly 1% are aged 5-12; 1% are aged 13-18; 7% are aged
19-24; nearly 42% are aged 25-49; 29% are aged 50-64; and nearly 20% are
aged 65 or older. Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or
older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.
There have been no pediatric deaths to date.
New Jersey reports county statistics for COVID-19
New Jersey reported 37,505 cases and 917 deaths today. Hunterdon County
had 200 confirmed cases and two deaths and Mercer County had 654 cases
and 16 deaths. In Hunterdon County, reported April 5, Lambertville
reported 9 cases; Alexandria Township 2; Kingwood Township 2; Delaware
Township 4; East Amwell Township 4; Flemington 8; Frenchtown 2; Stockton
0, Milford 0, and West Amwell 4.
Hunterdon Drug Awareness offering tele-health treatment services
In response to the COVID-19 virus, Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program has
migrated to a 100% tele-health service delivery. Based in Flemington,
N.J., HDAP provides outpatient treatment services for those affected by
substance abuse and mental health disorders. HDAP has been providing
intensive outpatient treatment, outpatient treatment and individual
counseling. It is a nonprofit, state-licensed treatment center,
serving Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset counties. This is a very
difficult time for those who suffer from substance abuse and mental
health issues, so it was imperative for the safety of the clients, the
staff and the community, to provide services through tele-health with
the least amount of service interruption as possible. The agency
provides treatment to a broad range of people, regardless of their
ability to pay. It is in-network with most major insurance companies. If
you, a friend or family member are seeking information and/or treatment
including scheduling an intake interview, contact HDAP at
First “Ask the Barracks” video response is online
The Old Barracks Museumin Trenton, N.J., is bringing history online. The
first video response to a question submitted to “Ask the Barracks” is
online today at www.barracks.org/askthebarracks. The question, submitted
by a student named Matt, asks about what life on the frontier was like.
Historical interpreter James responds with a video explaining the
challenges of life during a different time. The “Ask the Barracks”
program was announced on March 30. Due to the closures of schools and
other precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19,
thousands of students are going to miss their scheduled field trips to
the Old Barracks Museum this spring. While visiting the historical
landmark to learn about New Jersey’s pivotal role in the American
Revolution is an immersive, hands-on experience that can’t be replicated
online, the museum is eager to connect with students to allow them the
opportunity to connect with history. “Ask the Barracks” encourages
students, parents, and teachers to email questions about the American
Revolution, the Battle of Trenton, diseases in the 18th century such as
smallpox, and New Jersey to email@example.com
questions will be answered via email, the website, social media posts,
and videos. Answers will be posted on www.barracks.org/askthebarracks
. This program is open to students
around the world, not just students whose field trips are being
cancelled due to school and non-essential business closures.
Northampton Township company donates 3,000 N-95 masks
Supreme Safety Inc. in Northampton Township has donated 3,000 N-95 masks
to first responders in the area. Because of the donation, first
responders from 49 agencies in Bucks and Montgomery counties – police,
fire and EMS, as well as Bucks County Detectives – are better equipped
to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Supreme Safety owner Annette
Patchell said she ordered the masks in January when her supply ran out,
and decided to donate the entire shipment rather than charging agencies
for the protective gear. The donation, made Friday, came the same week
Bucks County Emergency Services announced it had received a large
shipment of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) from several
sources, including N-95 masks from the federal government’s Strategic
National Stockpile. Emergency Services distributed the items among first
responders, hospitals, long-term care centers and other in-need
Hunterdon Freeholders call on federal legislators to provide funding
Hunterdon County’s Freeholders have called on New Jersey’s U.S. Sens.
Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski to ensure that
the next round of federal economic stimulus aid gives priority to
small-population counties like Hunterdon, which was cut out of the
recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)
Act, along with six other New Jersey counties, because of having
populations under 500,000. “The coronavirus does not respect County
borders, as every individual matters and is facing this crisis, wherever
they live. Funds should have been directed on a per capita basis,
ensuring all areas of the state received a fair share,” Freeholder Board
Director Shaun C. Van Doren wrote in a letter to the federal
representatives. Fourteen New Jersey counties are sharing $31,961,123 in
federal stimulus funds for economic development and infrastructure via
the CARES Act, while seven counties received no direct county funding.
“(It) is imperative that the areas with smaller populations, like
Hunterdon County, that have been left entirely out of the first round of
stimulus funding, be given priority status in the next stimulus bill
considered by the Congress,” Van Doren wrote.
Mid-April predicted as “Pearl Harbor Moment” for COVID-19
The Center Square: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Sunday described
the next week in the country's fight against COVID-19 as "our Pearl
Harbor moment." Adams made the statement on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press"
when host Chuck Todd asked him how he would advise the nine U.S.
governors who have not issued stay-at-home orders. "Here's what I would
say to them right now: The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor
moment. It's going to be our 9/11 moment," Adams said. "It's going to be
the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives. We really
need to understand that if we want to flatten that curve and get to the
other side, everyone needs to do their part." The latest projections
from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations forecasts the U.S.
will reach its peak for daily COVID-19 deaths on April 16. IHME, an
independent health population research center at the University of
Washington Medicine, said its model shows the U.S. will reach a high of
2,644 COVID-19 deaths a day on April 16. It forecasts 93,531 COVID-19
deaths in the country by Aug. 4. The model shows the U.S. will reach a
hospital-resource-use peak on April 15, when 262,092 hospital beds are
predicted to be needed, including 39,727 intensive care unit beds. IHME
projections indicate the U.S. will have a shortage of 87,674 hospital
beds and 19,863 ICU beds on that date.
Bucks County firefighter among coronavirus victims
One of the victims of COVID-19 has been identified as an assistant fire
chief for the Tullytown Fire Company. Rick Johnson, 50, was a longtime
volunteer firefighter and former chief of the company. Johnson's death
was the first coronavirus-related fatality among Bucks County first
responders, officials confirmed.
37 PA mayors call for federal government to increase production of medical supplies and coordinate
More than 30 mayors from across Pennsylvania were among 113 city leaders
nationwide petitioning the federal government to use its emergency
powers to ramp up production of critical medical supplies like
ventilators and masks, and to centrally distribute those materials.
Health experts warn that a dearth of medical supplies -- from
ventilators to N95 masks -- needed to safely treat people infected by
the coronavirus (COVID-19) could lead to higher infection and death
rates. However, the federal government and all 50 states are competing
with each other to procure and distribute those crucial items.
The letter started by PennPIRG Education Fund’s national affiliate, U.S.
PIRG Education Fund, calls for the federal government to increase
production of medical supplies and immediately establish a “medical
equipment czar” and associated task force with the mission of overseeing
the national supply and distribution of medical equipment for the
duration of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. “We don’t have time to
waste,” said PennPIRG Associate Emma Horst-Martz. “As soon as possible,
we need to make sure that medical providers and first responders have
the protective equipment they need. And we need to make sure that
hospitals get more ventilators so that those medical providers can save
the lives of thousands of Americans who will soon flood our hospitals.”
Among the mayors who signed the letter were Mayor Robert Donchez of
Bethlehem; Mayor Sal Panto of Easton; Mayor Debbie Mahon of Hulmeville
Borough; and Mayor Robert Winkler of Penndel Borough.
State’s capital access fund nearly exhausted
The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s new $100 million relief fund for
small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic is already
exhausted, officials said last week. The COVID-19 Working Capital Access
Program (CWCA) provided loans up to $100,000 to businesses with 100 or
fewer employees to cover operational costs in the three months prior to
the statewide shutdown order implemented March 23. As of Tuesday, nearly
900 applicants had requested more than $75 million in relief.
Governor Murphy and Superintendent Callahan Authorize Municipalities and Counties to Restrict Short-Term Rentals
Gov. Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Col. Patrick
Callahan announced an administrative order allowing municipalities and
counties to impose additional restrictions on short-term rentals in
response to COVID-19. Murphy previously signed Executive Order No. 108,
permitting municipalities and counties to restrict online marketplaces
for arranging and offering lodging. This administrative order gives
municipalities and counties the ability to impose additional
restrictions on the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, or private
residences, or parts thereof, to accept new transient guests or seasonal
tenants after 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.
"We have heard too many stories, especially from our shore communities,
of people trying to relocate, for the time being, into their towns from
impacted areas," said Governor Murphy. "Many of our shore communities
lack the health care infrastructure to accommodate an influx of
part-time residents. New Jerseyans should stay at their primary place of
residence for the duration of this emergency."
"The only way we will flatten the curve is by continuing to practice
social distancing and by traveling only when necessary," said Colonel
Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. "This
administrative order will empower vulnerable communities, like shore
towns, allowing individual municipalities to impose restrictions, which
will prevent people from relocating from more affected communities."