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Bucks Deaths due to COVID-19 Double, County Virtual Briefing Cancelled Due to Tech Issues

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Three more Bucks County residents who had COVID-19 died, doubling the county’s number of deaths from the virus to six, as of Wednesday morning. 

Two of deaths were men, one in his 90s, the other in his 80s; the third was a woman in her 60s. all with chronic underlying health conditions, county officials said. 

Two were diagnosed with coronavirus after they died, Bucks County said. 

Thirty-one more county residents tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total cases to 319. 29  are hospitalized, nine in critical condition, as of today.

“We continue to express our sympathies to the families in these cases,” Dr. David Damsker, director of the county’s health department, said of today’s fatalities. He said the deaths have followed the predicted trend that older people with chronic health issues are the most susceptible to severe symptoms from the virus, and therefore need the most protection.

Damsker said the new cases continued to demonstrate little community spread, meaning that cases whose source of infection was not known were people required to work in essential jobs or who had traveled out of the area.

“I do think that the social distancing is beginning to work,” he said.

Statewide, 4,963 Pennsylvanians have tested positive for COVID-19, with 37,645 negative results. At least 63 people have died as Governor Tom Wolf extended Stay-at Home orders for seven more counties; Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon, and Somerset were added to the amended order. 

Just under half of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties-33- are now under the stay-at-home order that was extended by the Governor to April 30 earlier this week. 

Morrisville Borough was added to list of municipalities of having at least one confirmed coronavirus case, health officials said. 

Wolf also announced President Trump’s approval of part of his request for a major disaster declaration, which would make funds available to reimburse state, county and local government expenses from the COVID-19 response.

Those governments, along with eligible private non-profits, can be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of eligible expenses, including overtime pay, materials and equipment purchases. The declaration also provides federal materials and supplies to support state and local response efforts, county officials said. 

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s virtual press briefing with Bucks officials was cancelled after experiencing technical issues. 

County Spokesperson Larry King said that Zoom and Facebook were having connectivity issues. 

“We hope to resolve the issue in the near future and reschedule.” 

 

 

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Bucks County Issues Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday

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The County of Bucks has issued an Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday, with high temperatures expected to for the next several days.

The extended stretch of days with temperatures above 90 degrees has prompted the opening of cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks that are available for seniors and people experiencing homelessness 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

Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center
580 Delmon Avenue
Warminster, PA 18974
215-672-8380

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

Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd.
Bristol, PA 19007
215-785-6322

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567

 Palisades Middle School Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
*OPEN 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. MONDAY; 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TUESDAY*

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
 *OPEN 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior centers throughout Bucks County also are 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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Reps. Powell & Labs’ Bipartisan Effort to Expand Protections for Victims of Violent Crimes Passes House

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A Lower Bucks woman  escaping domestic terror and was living in a shelter found an apartment in another county so she and her boys could live free of terror and abuse. Days after starting the move in process, her abuser found her.

The following day, she took her own life.  This happened in the late winter of 2023.

A bill that state Reps. Lindsay Powell (D-Alleghany Co) and Shelby Labs’ (R-Bucks Co) establishing the Victims of Violence Relocation Act passed the state House last week and perhaps in the very near future will provide a safe way out for victims of violence of  any kind, unlike the Latina  who could not get far away enough from her abuser in 2023.

Under the legislation (H.B. 2162), eligible violent crime survivors would be entitled to relocation assistance and extend the timeframe for requesting such assistance from 90 to 180 days after the crime occurred. The legislators said this would allow survivors more time to access necessary support and ensure they can utilize federal documentation to validate their need for relocation.

“Partnering with Representative Labs on this bill exemplifies that the PA House stands united with survivors of violent crime by expanding housing assistance to them in their time of need.”

Credit: state Rep Labs

Powell, D-Allegheny, said. “Thank you to all my colleagues for your affirmative votes and your commitment to helping survivors start their lives a new.”“I want to thank Representative Powell for her collaboration on this important piece of legislation that protects victims and empowers survivors,” Labs, R-Bucks, added. “The passage of House Bill 2162 is a critical step in ensuring our commitment to making Pennsylvania a safer place for victims of violence and providing a foundation of support during recovery.”

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one in three women, one in four men and nearly half of LGBTQ+ individuals will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

 

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Fireworks Safety Advice for People, Property and Pets

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One highlight of Independence Day is fireworks.  Most like a good firework display, but some have issues with the noise coming from setting off fireworks.

Fireworks can have a negative effect to dogs, veterans, anyone suffering from PTSD, elderly, etc. Another negative effect is injuries, mostly burns, from setting off fireworks.  Even though it is legal in most parts of the state for residents to buy and set off  consumer-grade fireworks, public safety officials ask residents to leave it to the pros.

Some of the restrictions include, the discharging of fireworks in Pennsylvania can not be done within 150 feet of a building or vehicle regardless if either is owned by the owner. Discharging of fireworks is prohibited on any public property.

Agencies and organizations offer safety tips when it comes to fireworks.

From Langhorne Borough:  Planning ahead can help animals cope with the fireworks season. Pets are sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On the Fourth of July, and other days people are likely to set off fireworks, it’s important to be proactive for your pet’s wellbeing. Click here for the Humane Society’s tips on keeping pets and wildlife safe and happy during seasonal celebrations.

The State Police has a Fireworks FAQ page that shows note-worthy changes from Act 74 of 2022 which set new rules for the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report documenting the hazards including injuries and death incurred by consumer use of fireworks. CPSC is raising awareness and sharing safety tips to prevent these types of injuries and deaths over the holiday.

CPSC urges consumers to celebrate safely this holiday by following these safety tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.

Lower Bucks Source wishes everyone a happy, healthy and safe Independence Day!

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