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Local coronavirus briefing - March 29, 2020

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Department of Health provides update on COVID-19, 643 new positives bring statewide total to 3,394
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon March 29, that there are 643 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 3,394 in 58 counties. The department also reported four new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 38. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. Bucks County has 203 cases and one death; Chester County has 137 cases; Delaware 276 cases plus four deaths; Lehigh 151 and three deaths; Montgomery 488 and five deaths; Northampton 126 cases and four deaths; Philadelphia 865 and five deaths.
 

Governor Wolf requests major disaster declaration for additional support in COVID-19 response
Gov. Tom Wolf has requested a major disaster declaration from the president through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide additional support for state, county and municipal governments and certain nonprofits, as well as individuals who are struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak. Pennsylvania already received an emergency declaration under the president’s nationwide emergency proclamation, which provides reimbursement for eligible expenses for emergency protective measures to state, county and local governments and certain nonprofits for the duration of the emergency incident. The declared nationwide emergency incident started Jan. 20, 2020, and continues.
 
 
Mercer County, N.J., cases increasing
The New Jersey Department of Health today announced that there are now 202 positive cases of COVID-19 in Mercer County, which includes Trenton, Princeton and Hopewell. For data specific to a municipality, please contact the local health office.
 
 
PennDOT extends expiration dates on driver licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations and other products
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner’s permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Deadlines on the following products will be extended effective March 27: Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, the expiration date is now extended through May 31; Vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, the expiration date is now extended through May 31; Persons with Disabilities parking placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, the expiration date is now extended through May 31. These extensions are in addition to those announced on March 16. Additionally, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center in Pennsylvania are closed for counter service until further notice.
 
 
Distillery converts business to hand sanitizer making
The Warminster Police would like to give a big thank you to Jamie Wermuth and the hard-working people at City Distilling Company. City Distilling converted its business over to making hand sanitizer during this epidemic. Jamie, who himself is a former first responder, stopped by to make the donation to Chief Donnelly and the Warminster Police.
 
Group is looking for people to sew face masks
The New Hope - Solebury Community Association is looking for persons that may have an interest in sewing masks for first responders and health care workers. The sewing process is simple and you can find instructions on the internet on how to do it. Contact newhopesolebury-ca.org

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