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New COVID Cases Declining, Hospitalizations Steady in Bucks

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New COVID-19 cases in Bucks County are on the decline, while hospitalizations remain steady.

To start off October, the county’s seven-day case average on Friday was 132 cases per day. The previous week’s seven-day average was 152 new cases per day.

From 9/25 to 10/1, at least 925 new cases of COVID were reported. Of those cases, 111 were in residents aged 0-12 and 76 cases were in residents aged 12-18, according to the Bucks County Department of Health.

As of Monday, there were at least 66 people being treated for COVID-19 in Bucks County hospitals, the previous week there were 61 COVID hospitalizations. Thirteen residents are in the intensive care unit and two are on ventilators.

There was no change in Bucks County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate of 6.4 percent, as compared to the previous week. The Centers for Disease Control continues to label the county as a “high” transmission level community.

When looking at the beginning of October in 2020, the county was averaging less than 40 cases per day and hospitalizations related to COVID were in the single digits.

Vaccines are still going in peoples’ arms, with 2,087 doses administered last week. About 61 percent of the eligible population (aged 12 and up) are fully vaccinated and 68 percent have received at least one jab.

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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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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