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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/

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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04-20-20

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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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Gov. Wolf: Bucks County Expected to Move from Red to Yellow by June 5

May 22, 2020

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

More than two months after much of its economy shut down and residents were ordered to stay home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bucks County learned today that it can plan to partially reopen in two weeks.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he expected to lift restrictions from all Pennsylvania counties by June 5, enabling Bucks and hard-hit neighboring counties to move from shut-down “red” status to partially open “yellow.” Some lightly affected counties already in yellow status will be moved to fully open “green” status, the governor said.

The announcement was long awaited by government officials in Bucks County, some of whom had argued for much of this month that the county was ready for eased restrictions, and that the standards Wolf had set for reopening were unreasonable for heavily populated Southeast Pennsylvania.

“We’ve been saying for several weeks now that Bucks County was prepared to go to yellow,” said county Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker. “We’re grateful that the governor realized that his metrics were not suitable for the Southeastern Pennsylvania counties. Bucks County has worked really hard to get the data that we have to show that we are ready to move to yellow.” PrepareforYellow

Under the yellow designation, most shuttered businesses and daycares will be allowed to reopen, but must maintain safety standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, enforcing social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas, and taking additional measures if a COVID-19 exposure is confirmed at a business.

Businesses involving close personal contact, such as hair and nail salons, fitness centers and massage and tattoo parlors, must remain closed under yellow status. Click on the link for information about permitted businesses and activities.

A detailed list of yellow phase guidelines, precautions and other information can be found on the county’s COVID-19 Economic Resources Portal.

County Commissioners Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, Bob Harvie and Gene DiGirolamo hailed Wolf’s announcement as welcome news for the county. They cautioned residents to continue practicing safety measures to avoid returning to red status and to move the county more quickly to green.

“Our goal is going to green,” Marseglia said. “But the way we do that is by keeping ourselves and others safe. That means six-foot distancing. That means you need to have a face covering on wherever you go.”

The move to yellow is “something we’ve fought very hard for,” Harvie said. “The Bucks County Commissioners were the ones who really started petitioning to make sure that all different kinds of metrics were being looked at.”

Harvie said the commissioners “feel very strongly, the three of us, that the ideas we had here in Bucks County really did move the ball forward.”

The commissioners thanked residents and businesses for their sacrifices in following the guidelines designed to flatten the curve of infection and enable the county to reopen.

“Those sacrifices aren’t over yet. We still have to be very, very cautious,” Harvie said. “We still have this virus that is in our community … We need to make sure that we are following all the protocols so that we can continue to have this virus go further and further into our memories.”

DiGirolamo thanked Wolf for allowing the county to re-open, calling it “something that we’ve been working really, really hard to get to.” He praised Damsker and the Health Department for performing contact tracing since the initial coronavirus outbreaks began here, equipping the county with meaningful data to argue for relaxing the shutdown.

“They have stayed on top of everything with all these numbers,” DiGirolamo said. “We really made a wonderful presentation to the administration this week on why we should be allowed to move to yellow.”

Bucks County has been under coronavirus-related restrictions since March 13, when Wolf ordered a statewide shutdown of all public schools. A day later, he issued a shutdown order for non-essential businesses in Bucks County, expanding that to a stay-at-home order issued March 23 that eventually extended to all 67 Pennsylvania counties.

Wolf’s announcement today places Bucks among the final 10 counties expected to move from red to yellow by June 5. The other counties are Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Those moving to yellow on May 29 are Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill Counties.

Seventeen counties currently in yellow status will be the first group moving to green on May 29. They are Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren Counties.

“We know not only that we succeeded in slowing case growth, but that our actions, our collective decisions to stay at home and avoid social contact – we know that saved lives,” Wolf said today. “My stay-at-home order did exactly what it was intended to do: It saved lives and it bought us valuable time.”

The Bucks County Health Department today reported 44 new COVID-19 infections and seven coronavirus-related deaths. All of the decedents, ranging in age from 67 to 97, had underlying health conditions, and five lived in long-term care facilities.

Of the 44 new cases, 19 were among residents or workers at long-term care facilities, seven were through household contacts, three are healthcare workers, three were infected at other workplaces, and two were attributed to community spread. Ten were unable to be interviewed today.

A total of 110 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, 23 in critical condition and on ventilators. Bucks County has had a total of 4,580 positive cases during the pandemic, 418 of whom have died and 1,407 of whom are confirmed to have recovered.

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