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COVID-19 Continues to Impact Local Communities
Written by Staff Report

            Lower Salford represents the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases in the Town and Country coverage area during the last week. With seven presumptive positives in the period between April 15 and April 21, the township has recorded 36 total cases.

            Four new cases were reported in New Hanover, raising the total to 20. Perkiomen Township showed three new cases during the period, increasing the total to 21, according to information posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website.

            Upper Hanover reported three new coronavirus cases, bringing its total to 11. Douglass Township (12 total) and Red Hill Borough (four) each show two new cases. Schwenksville has one new case. No new presumptive positives were reported in Pennsburg, East Greenville or Marlborough.

            Overall, six cases have been reported in Upper Salford and Upper Frederick. Marlborough and East Greenville each have five, while Salford, Lower Frederick and Red Hill each have reported four cases

            In Pennsylvania, 148 deaths were reported between April 15 and April 22. Throughout the Commonwealth, 35,045 overall cases have been confirmed.

            State authorities reported 1,325 confirmed deaths and 297 probable deaths, according to information posted on the Department of Health's website. More than half of the statewide deaths have been among residents of long-term care facilities, according to Dr. Rachel Levine, the state's health secretary.

            In Montgomery County, the death toll related to the pandemic increased by 148, increasing the total amount to 230. The county learned of 744 new presumptive positive cases, raising the total amount to 3,294.

            Bucks County reported 804 new cases and 75 new deaths, increasing its totals to 2,004 and 126, respectively.

            In Upper Bucks, Quakertown has reported between 11 and 20 cases through Tuesday, April 21. Richland Township, the surrounding municipality, has reported between 21 and 50 positive cases, according to a color-coded map posted on the county's website. Milford Township and Trumbauersville Borough both have between one and 10 cases.

            On Monday, the county's health department director, Dr. David Damsker reported 11 deaths of long-term care residents. Overall, they account for 110 of the county's death toll, according to a news release.

            In Berks County, 59 people died from the virus,  increasing the county total to 85. Overall, 2,069 cases – including 734 new ones – have been reported in the county.

            In Lehigh County, officials learned of 27 new COVID-19 deaths. Overall 49 people have died. In the last week, 452 new cases were reported, which pushed the total to 2,374. 

            On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf encouraged registered voters to apply for a mail-in ballot for the June 2 primary election. He described it as a mitigation effort to fight the pandemic. In-person voting at polling places will remain available, according to a news release posted on the governor's website.





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