Bucks County to move to Yellow Phase of COVID-19 Quarantine Status June 5th

Governor Tom Wolf’s office has announced that they expect Bucks County to move to the Yellow Phase of COVID-19 quarantine on June 5th. The state used risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University combined with contact tracing and testing capability and a sustained reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Over the past two weeks:

  • The state has seen sustained reductions in hospitalizations. From May 8 when the first counties moved to yellow to yesterday, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized dropped by nearly one thousand – from 2,618 to 1,667.
  • The number of COVID patients on ventilators shrank by about a third, from 505 to 347.
  • New cases continue to decline: From May 8 to May 15, the state added 6,384 cases and from May 15 to 21, added 4,770.
  • The current COVID-19 incidence rate in the state is 83.4 cases per 100,000 people. Two weeks ago, it was 113.6 per 100,000. Most other states are seeing their new case rate continue to increase or remain flat. Pennsylvania is one of just 19 states with new case-rate declines.
  • Bucks County COVID-19 Dashboard
  •  Bucks County official COVID-19 portal
  • COVID-19 Testing Sites
  • Bucks County COVID cases interactive map
  • Yellow Phase

    Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

    • Telework Must Continue Where Feasible

    • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders

    • Child Care Open Complying with Guidance

    • Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place

    • Schools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction

    Social Restrictions

    • Stay at Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation

    • Large Gatherings of More Than 25 Prohibited

    • In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable

    • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed

    • Restaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery Only

    • All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning

    • Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary

    After a county transitions to the yellow phase, we will closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for fourteen days, we will transition the county to the green phase.

    The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay at home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.

    While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.