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Local coronavirus briefing - March 15, 2020

Hunterdon Healthcare confirms positive coronavirus case
(Flemington, N.J.: Hunterdon Healthcare received confirmation that a patient at Hunterdon Medical Center tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19. This is the first case for Hunterdon Healthcare and Hunterdon County. The patient is doing well and has been discharged for home isolation. Hunterdon Healthcare was proactively prepared to manage this situation and acutely followed all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for both the patient and our staff.

PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 16 new positives, bringing statewide total to 63
The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 16 additional positive cases of COVID-19 - one in Allegheny County; one in Bucks County; two in Cumberland County; one in Delaware County; one in Lehigh County; one in Luzerne County; three in Monroe County; four in Montgomery County; and two in Philadelphia County. All are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. This brings the statewide total to 63 cases.

There have been 446 patients to date who have been tested or are in the process of being tested. There are 205 who have tested negative; 63 confirmed cases; and 183 patient samples are either at the lab for testing or on their way to the lab.

"While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and to be prepared themselves," Dr. Levine said. "Right now, you have a higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 if you have traveled to a country or state with known community outbreaks or have come in contact with someone who has the virus. We are working with the health care community across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients."

Governor orders non-essential retail businesses to close
Gov. Tom Wolf said on Saturday that all non-essential retail businesses in Bucks County should close amid the coronavirus outbreak. Places like gyms, theaters, malls, salons, entertainment venues, and community centers should close for 14 days, Wolf said during a news conference with Health Secretary Rachel Levine. Essential retail, like pharmacies, grocery stores, gas stations, and health care facilities, will remain open. The "aggressive mitigation" efforts are being done to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. "This is what we need to do, and we need to do it now," Wolf said.

The following businesses should close, Wolf said: Community and recreation center; gyms, cycling studios, and yoga facilities; hair salons; nail salons; casinos; theaters; bars; sporting facilities and golf courses; shopping malls; Restaurants can stay open to offer carry-out and delivery only. Wolf's order includes the closure or cancelation of day cares, YMCAs, sporting events, theaters.

New Jersey has 31 new coronavirus cases
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Sunday announced 31 new presumptive positive cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 98 people. Two of those people have died, as previously reported. Murphy said state officials plans to announce details of a statewide school closure Monday afternoon.

Bucks Beautiful’s 9th annual Spring Fling Gala and Auction postponed
Bucks Beautiful has announced that the 9 th annual Spring Fling Gala and Auction, originally scheduled for Friday, April 3 at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, has been postponed. The nonprofit organization hopes to be able to announce the gala as a Fall Fling at a later date. The status of the Gala and other Bucks Beautiful events will be posted at as they become available.

C&N Bank branches limit service to drive-up
Effective Monday, March 16, C&N will be limiting branch operations to drive-up service only until further notice. Here’s what you need to know:

Drive-up service will operate with regular banking hours. Walk-in/Lobby service will be restricted to appointment-only. Walk-in/Lobby service will remain available as normal in those locations without a drive-up.

Visit C&N’s location finder tool at for a comprehensive list of our offices and drive-up services.

For circumstances requiring branch access (i.e. loan inquiry or closing, wealth or tax consultation, safe deposit box or other special circumstances), you are encouraged to call your C&N relationship manager at their direct line or our Client Care Center at 877.838.2517 to schedule an appointment.

Digital solutions and other resources for self-service banking and 24/7 account access. With C&N’s online banking and mobile app, you can do almost anything you can do in a bank branch from the comfort of your home.

Last Chance Ranch postpones events
Last Chance Ranch has made the difficult decision to postpone the following events through April 6: Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser- Saturday, March reschedule date to be determined; 7th Annual Tails & Ties Gala- Saturday, April 4 – rescheduled for June 20; Petsmart/Pet Valu Adoption Events. For anyone who has purchased tickets to events listed above, Last Chance is offering refunds who might not be able to make the postponed dates.

Delaware Canal State Park closed for 14 days
The Delaware Canal State Park will be closed for 14 days effective Sunday, March 15 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All of the parking lots and buildings at the park, including park offices and restrooms, will be closed, and all events and public educational programs will be canceled. While this park is closed, state park rangers and park managers will continue to work to ensure security and that public safety is protected. As part of the park, the Locktender's House in New Hope will also be closed. The staff will be working remotely, so don't hesitate to e-mail You may also call 215-862-2021, but a response might take a bit longer. Both the Friends' Lunch and Walk scheduled for March 28 and Canal Clean-Up Day scheduled for April 4 have been canceled. If you have signed up for either event, the park will be in contact on March 16.

Shopping mall owner closes local malls
PREIT has decided to close its Chester and Delaware County properties in the interest of the health and safety of shoppers, store and mall employees. The shopping mall owner announced the closing of its Montgomery County properties on Thursday. The company issued the following statement. “The health and well-being of our shopper and tenant community is our top priority. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to heed the recommendation of state officials by closing our Delaware, Chester and Montgomery County malls,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “Throughout our portfolio, we continue to follow developing news, information and guidelines from federal, state and local health officials concerning public spaces and urge our customers and tenants to take all known safety precautions to prevent and reduce the risk of illness and the spread of disease.”

State liquor stores to close
Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties will be closing due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The closure will be done in phases. All Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in those counties that are normally open on Sundays are open regular hours Sunday, March 15. On Monday, March 16, some locations will be open. Then starting Tuesday, March 17, all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties will close and remain closed until further notice.

Also Saturday, Gov. Tom Wolf said he is expanding the non-essential retail businesses closures to Bucks and Chester counties. The closures were already in place in Montgomery and Delaware counties. Here are the stores open Monday is Bucks County: 8558 Pennsylvania Blvd., Feasterville; Logan Square, 6542-J Lower York Road, New Hope; Quakertown Plaza, 1465 W. Broad St., Quakertown; 4275 County Line Road, Chalfont; 132 Veterans Lane, Doylestown; 212 S. State St., Newtown; Addisville Commons, 890 Second Street Pike, Richboro.