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Modest Baseline, Low Community Spread Mark Latest Bucks COVID Stats

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As Bucks County awaits the impact of having gone green on Friday, health officials continued to report relatively low numbers of new COVID-19 infections over the past three days.

The county averaged 10 new cases per day from Saturday through Monday, the Bucks County Health Department reported, along with five additional cases that were delayed reports and no longer are considered infectious. Only two were attributed to pure community spread.

One death was reported: a 92-year-old man who had underlying health conditions and lived in a long-term care facility died on Sunday.

Bucks County moved into the least-restrictive green phase of Gov. Wolf’s recovery plan on Friday, enabling restaurants and bars to open at reduced capacities for inside customers, along with close-contact businesses such as hair salons, fitness centers, tattoo parlors and casinos. Businesses that already had been operating at reduced capacities in the yellow phase were allowed to expand their numbers.

Public officials here have continued to stress mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing and disinfecting of high-contact surfaces. While the move to green is expected to cause the number of new infections to rise at least slightly, the effect of the new standards will not begin to be known here for another week or two.

“Our inspectors have found that most bars have followed our safe guidance thus far, and we’re grateful for that,” said Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker. “We want everything to remain open going forward and we’re off to a good start.”

Masks are still required to enter businesses. Please see Bucks County’s COVID-19 Economic Resources Portal for more complete guidance on the move to green.

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Of the 35 total cases added to the county’s total in the past three days, 10 were spread by people who had traveled out of state, eight resulted from household contacts, seven are residents or workers at long-term care facilities, three were from workplace contacts, two were attributed to community spread, one was infected in a healthcare setting, and four were unable to be interviewed immediately.

Bucks County now has had 5,395 residents test positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic. A total of 507 deaths have been attributed to the virus, including 405 long-term care residents, while 3,604 are confirmed to have recovered.

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The median age of those who have been infected in Bucks is 56, while the median age of those who have died is 82.

A total of 74 Bucks County patients remain hospitalized, 10 of them in critical condition and on ventilators.

Statistics, charts and other coronavirus-related information can be found on the county’s data portal: https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com.  An interactive Bucks County map showing numbers of active infections by municipality can be found here.

Unless significant new developments arise, the next Bucks County COVID update will be posted on Thursday.

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Funding for Bensalem Water Main Replacement Secured

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Bensalem Township will be allotted funding from a $77.5 million loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for a water main replacement project, announced Rep. K.C. Tomlinson (R-Bucks).

PENNVEST funding specifically serves projects in Pennsylvania that focus on sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.

The loan will be distributed to 16 municipalities across southeastern Pennsylvania for water main replacement projects.

“I am happy to say Bensalem is included in this vital project in the southeast,” said Tomlinson. “Making sure our water mains are updated means our drinking water is safe and quality service is provided to the consumers.”

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Takata Air Bags Still Under Recall

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The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.

NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety.

Models flagged as being at an extreme risk are certain 2001 to 2003 Honda and Acura models containing so-called “alpha” airbags, and the 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickup trucks. Also included are the 1999 BMW 323i and 328i, said in a Consumer Report dated July 10, 2024.

Do Not Drive warnings have been issued for these vehicles by NHTSA.

NHTSA said, a separate group of defective Takata air bags was recalled in late 2019. Unlike the air bag inflators in the larger Takata recalls, this recall involves non-azide driver inflators.

Consumer Reports said, a total of 67 million airbags have been recalled. As of April, 2024, NHTSA reports that 88 percent have been repaired/replaced, still leaving many millions of at-risk airbags on the road.

 

 

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Santarsiero, BCHIP to Host Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote Events

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State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP) will host two keynote events, in partnership with the Blue Zones organization, to introduce Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area to the community.

On July 22nd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Wharf in Bristol Borough.  The keynote will be delivered by Margaret Brown from Blue Zones and will focus on the Lower Bucks area.

On July 23rd, Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area Keynote will take place at 5pm at the Linksz Pavillion at Bucks County Community College in Newtown Township.  The keynote will be delivered by Dan Buettner, Jr. from Blue Zones and will focus on the Central Bucks area.

Both events will include audience Q&A and will feature a panel of experts from the Blue Zones organization.

WHEN: Monday, July 22, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: The Wharf, 100 Basin Street, Bristol

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Margaret Brown, Vice President of Business Development, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2024; 5PM

LOCATION: Bucks County Comm. College, Linksz Pavillion, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown

WHO:  State Senator Steve Santarsiero

Dan Buettner, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer, Blue Zones

Kimberly Everett, Executive Director, BCHIP

Blue Zones is based on 20 years of research and scientifically proven lessons of longevity, health and happiness, from the longest-living communities in the world. During the Ignite phase of the partnership, Blue Zones will assess the current state of our Bucks area community’s well-being through engagement and education with local leaders and community members, culminating in recommendations for a full-scale transformation of our area to a Blue Zone.

Blue Zones Ignite Bucks Area includes: Bristol Township, Bristol Borough, Falls Township, Tullytown Borough, Morrisville Borough, Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Upper Makefield Township, Solebury Township, New Hope Borough, Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township, Doylestown Borough, Plumstead Township, New Britain Township, New Britain Borough and Chalfont Borough.

Public RSVPs are requested online at https://www.senatorstevesantarsiero.com/bluezonesignitebucksareakeynote/.

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