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Bucks Co. Still Considered an area of ‘High’ COVID-19 ‘Transmission’ as Case and Vaccine Rates Trend Upward

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Vaccination rates and new cases of COVID-19 trended upward last week however Bucks County is still considered an area of “high transmission,” by federal health officials.

The county’s seven-day average as of Sunday was 152 new cases per day, the highest average since the end of August. The previous week’s seven-day average was 133 new cases per day, county officials said in a Monday press release.

Between Sept. 20 and Sept. 24, at least 89 children aged 0-12 tested positive for COVID, while 77 cases were among those aged 12-18, according to the Bucks County Health Department.

There were at least 61 patients being treated with COVID-19 in Bucks County hospitals as of Monday. Eleven adults were in the intensive care unit and two were on ventilators.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bucks County on Monday was still an area of “high” COVID transmission.

Vaccination numbers continue to climb, with 4,162 more residents receiving at least one jab last week. Nearly 332,498 county residents were fully vaccinated as of Monday, or 60 percent of the eligible population (12 and up). About 68 percent of Bucks County’s eligible population (12 and up) was partially vaccinated, said county officials.

For a full list of vaccine providers in Bucks County and locations where COVID vaccines are being offered, check Bucks County’s Coronavirus Testing/Vaccination Information page.

To find the vaccination clinics nearest you, text your zip code to 438829.

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Bucks County Cooling Centers while Excessive Heat Warning in Effect

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An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect in Bucks County from 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday evening.

With an extended stretch of days with temperatures forecast in the 90s, cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks will be open for the duration of the advisory to seniors and people experiencing homelessness who are seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567
*CLOSED WEDNESDAY 6/19 AND SATURDAY 6/22*

Palisades Middle School, Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
HOURS 10 A.M. –  5 P.M.
*CLOSED SATURDAYS*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726

YMCA of Bucks County – Warminster Branch
624 York Road
Warminster, PA 18974
267-387-9622
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

YMCA of Bucks County – Fairless Hills Branch
601 S. Oxford Valley Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
215-949-3400
*CLOSES AT 5 P.M. SATURDAYS*

Senior centers throughout Bucks County are also open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

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National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory for Tuesday thru Thursday

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A heat wave is expected this week with a heat advisory set for Tuesday through Thursday forecasters say with an excessive heat watch in effect beginning Wednesday  

Temperatures are expected to reach mid-80s and the 60s for nighttime for Sunday evening.

 

Credit: National Weather Service the start of a forecasted 7 day heat wave. Monday and Tuesday may seem cooler since temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s compared to the rest of the week. Night time temperatures for the week are expected to be in the 70s.

The high temperature forecasted for Monday is expected to reach 90 degrees and heating up Tuesday and Wednesday- Juneteenth Day.  Thursday through Saturday temps are expected to be near or reach 100 degrees, while Friday might surpass 100 degree mark.

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Please be mindful in the summer, your vehicle can act like an oven. Do not leave kids, elderly or pets in the car even for a quick errand. Keep plenty of water/hydrating liquids with you at all times and stay hydrated and please check up on relatives and neighbors, especially seniors with pets.


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A “Bright Path” for New Behavioral Health Center in Bucks

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Lenape Valley Foundation and a coalition of community partners broke ground  on construction of a walk-in, standalone crisis stabilization center that will serve Bucks County families and individuals facing urgent mental health and substance use issues last month

Called Bright Path Center, the 22,000-square-foot building will be located next to the existing Lenape Valley Foundation site at 500 N. West Street, on the grounds of, but separate from, Doylestown Hospital. Bright Path Center will unite an array of behavioral health crisis services under one roof and deliver acute, trauma-informed, person-centered care in a calming environment. Construction is slated to begin this summer, with a target opening date of late 2025.

At a ceremony on May 7, officials hailed the center – the first of its kind in Pennsylvania – as a beacon of hope and healing that the Bucks County community deeply needs.

“Mental illness, substance misuse and addiction, and intellectual disabilities do not discriminate; they are found in every community, everywhere in the world. The difference is how the community responds to these challenges,” said Sharon Curran, president and CEO of Lenape Valley Foundation, praising the multi-disciplinary team that has been working to create the center. “The Bright Path Center will be just that – a bright path leading the way to recovery and resiliency for those entering its doors.”

When Bright Path Center opens, experienced behavioral health professionals will be available around the clock to welcome, assess, and stabilize those experiencing urgent challenges related to mental health, drug and alcohol use, and/or intellectual disabilities. With separate spaces for children and adults, the center is specially designed to offer compassionate care to individuals and families to de-escalate a critical situation and determine the best path forward.

The center is a collaborative effort between Lenape Valley Foundation, Doylestown Health, Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health/Developmental Programs, Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and Magellan Behavioral Health. Lenape Valley Foundation will operate the Center.

The project has received support from leaders at every level of government, from Doylestown Township supervisors to the Bucks County Commissioners and state and federal representatives. During the ceremony, many of them spoke of the need for the center. Noting that Mother’s Day is approaching, County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia said she will lift the ceremonial groundbreaking shovel “in honor of all the mothers who will be able to find help when their children, of any age, need it – and all the mothers who didn’t have a place like Bright Path Center to go to when they needed it.”

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