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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 & Sunday 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/

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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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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)

Bucks Infections Continue Slow Decline; 58 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

May 14, 2020

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

The Bucks County Health Department today announced 58 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths, two of which dated back to April.

Health Director Dr. David Damsker said the numbers, which have declined compared to recent weeks, are a reflection of compliance with social distancing measures. He warned, however, that state-ordered mass testing at long-term care facilities could result in the amount of new positive cases fluctuating again.

“If you look at the epidemiological curve, you see the numbers coming down, and we hope that what we are seeing is a trend,” Damsker said at an online news conference this afternoon. “But because there are certain situations at long-term care facilities that are doing mass testing, we could see some numbers bumping up. But we do think the overall numbers of community-type spread cases – either household contacts or pure community spread – seem to be leveling off over the last week or two.”

Twenty-three of the new cases reported today were residents of long-term care facilities, three were staff workers, nine were spread through household contacts, six are healthcare workers, three were infected at other lines of work, and four were attributed to pure community spread. Contact tracers were unable to interview 11 of the new cases today.

Those who died ranged in age from 93 to 56, and all had underlying health conditions. Nine of the 11 lived in long-term care facilities.

A total of 181 patients are hospitalized, 24 of them in critical condition and on ventilators. Of Bucks County’s 4,190 total COVID-19 cases, 1,162 are confirmed to have recovered.

At today’s news conference, the commissioners said county government buildings will reopen to the public on Monday on an appointment-only basis. Employees and visitors will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing measures. All county employees were offered the option of being tested last week before many of them return to their offices after working remotely from home.  

Damsker said 85 county employees are known to have tested positive for COVID-19, most of them workers at the county-owned Neshaminy Manor Nursing Home or the Bucks County Correctional Facility. None has died.

“There’s only a handful of (employees) that have COVID who are not from one of those two facilities, and you can imagine why that is the case,” he said. “They are operating in the highest-risk category of anyone in the county, and that’s been over the last couple of months.”

Damsker said that while restrictions placed on Bucks County during Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order have helped flatten the curve of infection, residents must remain compliant with social distancing measures when the county moves into Wolf’s “yellow” stage of partial reopening. Wolf has not indicated when he might ease the restrictions here.

“We understand that when we move to yellow, and hopefully that will be soon, we may see an increased number of cases,” he said. “However, if everyone follows the rules that we’ve put out there, the masking and the social distancing … these are really important to blunt a second wave. It can be very manageable, but we need everyone’s cooperation to do that.”

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.

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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