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A message from the Health Department:

The Bucks County Health Department will be available to take your COVID-19 related calls 8:00 to 4:00 Monday – Friday and limited hours on Saturday at 215-345-3318. Please limit calls to this line for those from the public who have been directed to call regarding isolation or quarantine, medical professionals, healthcare workers and COVID-19 specific calls or department related business.You may also email COVID19@buckscounty.org for the below:

  • No one should be calling or emailing the Health Department if you are experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, that is a call to 911 or call and/or go to the nearest ER for evaluation.
  • If you are calling because you think you should be tested please call your Primary Care Physician, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT DOES NOT DO TESTING.
  • If you are looking for case numbers and more specific information go to https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com/

The Health Department CANNOT answer calls regarding:

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Important Phone Numbers:

COVID-19 Information Hotline: 
800-383-0371

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Additional Community Resources:
Area Agency on Aging:
267-880-5700
Bucks County General Number:
215-348-6000
Bucks County Behavioral Health Hotline:
215-399-5681
Bucks County Social Complaints
(for citizen complaints not related to businesses or other identified priorities): 215-328-8500

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County Briefing 05-07-20

Commissioners' Virtual Town Hall
05-04-20

County Briefing 04-30-20

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04-20-20

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04-09-20

Commissioners' Message - Stay at Home
03-23-20

How to determine what is considered a life-sustaining businessCounty Updates:

  • The County Facilities and Departments page lists all the closures and operating changes within the County due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Among others, the Courts have suspended, with some exceptions, operations through August 3, 2020, and all Bucks County Government Offices buildings are open by appointment only, with most essential business being completed online or by phone.
  • Feeling Anxious? Need help managing stress, anxiety, drugs or alcohol? Need to talk to someone? Bucks County COVID-19 Behavioral Health Helpline - 215-399-5681 (Available Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
  • Bucks County Seniors can call 267-880-5700 for assistance, as well as information on services such as meal delivery and independent care. This number is answered Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. After hours and weekends, seniors and their caregivers can leave a message and the Area Agency on Aging will return the call. 
  • Effective 03/10/20, Neshaminy Manor is closed to all visitors due to the COVID-19 virus. This includes all entertainers and groups that come for official events. Visitors will be permitted on an approved individual basis for end of life. In addition, all resident sponsored trips (Walmart/VFW's/etc.) have been suspended at this time. Thank you for your understanding.
  • On the advice of the Bucks County Department of Health and suggestion from the State Department of Corrections, Bucks County’s prisons have closed to most visitors, including volunteers involved in community programs offered at the prison. Any prisoners admitted with cold- or flu-like symptoms will be isolated and the Health Department will be contacted for followup. Only essential vendors and contractors such as food, healthcare and legal professionals will be admitted. 

In an attempt to curb the spread of COVID 19 within the correctional facility and care for those infected, enhanced procedures have been put in place at the direction of the Bucks County Health Department. All offenders and staff have been provided masks in an effort to curb the spread. Increased temperature checks are being completed on staff and inmates. Medical professionals have an increased presence in the facilities, and are seeing offenders more frequently. We are mirroring the best practices of the State Department of Corrections and are in constant contact with the Bucks County Health Department.

We realize that this is distressing to both offenders and their friends and family. To help ease some of the stress the Department of Corrections has provided goods and services to all offenders above what they would normally be provided and at no cost to the offenders or their families.

  • Offenders continue to receive 2 free telephone calls per week.
  • Offenders are receiving additional health, hygiene and comfort items.
  • Offenders are receiving additional  commissary food items.
  • Offenders are receiving $20 worth of subscription services for the offender tablets . These funds can be used for services such as movies, streaming music, ebooks, games, and newsfeeds.
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Additional Information can be found in the below locations:

PA Department of Health Media Page for updates to the virus: 
https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health.aspx

PA Department of Health Coronovirus Situation Summary:  
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronvirus-Situation-Summary.aspx 

Latest Updates from the CDC: 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

CDC's Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19: 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Share Facts, Stop Fear - CDC addresses Common Misconceptions:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-stop-fear.html

World Health Organization (WHO) - Information on Coronvirus Disease (COVID-19):
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

WHO - Your Questions Answered:
https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

WHO Mythbusters - Myths busted and other rumors debunked:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

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Bucks County News on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

County to Buy Face Shields for Schools; COVID Cases Stable Over Last 3 Days

July 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

The Bucks County Commissioners announced Thursday that they will purchase face shields for all elementary and secondary schools in the county, while expressing hope that recent COVID spikes elsewhere in Pennsylvania will not inhibit local schools from reopening in the fall.

The commissioners and Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker also expressed concern for Bucks County bars and restaurants that face closure or curtailed operations under new restrictions ordered on Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Meanwhile, statistics released by the county health department over the past three days showed only a slight increase in the number of new infections, which averaged 28 per day from Tuesday through Thursday. One death has been attributed to COVID so far in July, and coronavirus hospitalizations remain at the lowest level since late March.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Damsker and the commissioners stressed that while Bucks County’s infection numbers have edged up slightly since the county entered the green phase of Wolf’s reopening plan, the county shows no signs of an impending spike in new cases.

Their remarks came a day after Wolf, troubled by rising case numbers in some parts of Pennsylvania, ordered “surgical” restrictions on bars, restaurants and the sizes of indoor and outdoor gatherings. And they preceded the release Thursday afternoon of state guidelines for school reopenings, including masking of students and staff throughout the school day and social distancing of up to six feet where feasible.

Damsker responded to Wolf’s tightened restrictions on bars and restaurants by saying that most establishments in Bucks County had been operating safely since being allowed to reopen in recent weeks.

“This order wasn’t really about Bucks County, per se; this order was about what they were seeing in Allegheny County and similar counties where they were seeing outbreaks (related to) bars,” Damsker said. “On the whole, Bucks County bars and restaurants were doing a good job” in complying with safety guidelines.

The county commissioners expressed sympathy for struggling businesses trying to rebound from long weeks of being closed under Wolf’s previous statewide shutdown, but said controlling the virus is essential.

“Certainly I am concerned about restaurants and bars,” said Commissioners’ Chair Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia. “They’ve only had a few weeks to recover. But they will never recover if we don’t keep the (infection) count low, if we end up back in red again.”

Commissioner Bob Harvie said that a number of bars and restaurants already have been selected to receive some of the $14 million in back-to-work small business grants allotted so far by the county, and that Bucks officials are considering another round of grants in the future.

“We want every business to be up and running full-speed,” Harvie said. “But the fact of the matter is that the virus is in control right now. And until we have more of a handle on it … it’s best to err on the side of caution.”

The commissioners voiced concern that spikes in other parts of Pennsylvania might lead to overly restrictive conditions for reopening schools here. Damsker has issued recommendations that Bucks County school districts are evaluating in determining how, and whether, they will re-open their schools in the fall.

At the outset of Thursday’s news conference, Marseglia announced that the county is purchasing face shields for all Bucks County public and private school students and teachers.

“We know that there’s been a lot of worry about wearing masks, and some can’t wear masks,” she said. “But virtually everybody can wear a shield. More importantly, it allows the teachers and their peers to see everybody’s mouth when they are speaking, and it allows the students to see the teachers’ mouths as well. We are pretty hopeful that this is going to be a big comfort step for everybody as we get adjusted to the idea of going back to school.”

The face shields are in production, Marseglia said, and arrangements will be made to deliver them to all county schools when they are ready.

In addition to the 84 active new infections reported for Tuesday through today, the health department listed 40 delayed reports of cases that no longer are considered infectious.

Of the 124 total cases, 31 were infected while out of state, 28 were from household contacts, 20 were attributed to pure community spread, seven were infected at work, six are residents or workers at long-term care facilities, five are healthcare workers and 27 were unable to be interviewed immediately.

Bucks County now has had 5,888 residents test positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic. A total of 511 deaths have been attributed to the virus, including 409 long-term care residents, while 4,281 are confirmed to have recovered.

The median age of those who have been infected in Bucks is 55, while the median age of death is 82.

A total of 26 Bucks County patients remain hospitalized, four 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 there are significant new developments, the next Bucks County COVID update will be posted on Monday.

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Bucks County Health Department
Administrative Office

Neshaminy Manor Center, Building K
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Main HD Line: 215-345-3318
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00pm
Central Bucks District Office
Neshaminy Manor Center, Building K
1282 Almshouse Road, 1st Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
Environmental: 215-345-3336
Personal Health: 215-345-3344
Department Fax: 215-340-8456
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30pm
Lower Bucks District Office
Bucks County Government Services Center - Lower Bucks
7321 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19055
Phone: 267-580-3510
Fax: 215-949-5819
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Upper Bucks District Office
Bucks County Government Services Center - Upper Bucks
261 California Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
Phone: 215-529-7000
Fax: 215-529-7032
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30pm