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Bucks County police officer tests positive for coronavirus

A Middletown Township police officer has tested positive for the coronavirus, Police Chief Joseph Bartorilla confirmed in an email early Saturday.
“He is doing well for now and is resting and recovering in isolation at home, and is following the county health department’s instructions,” Bartorilla said.
The officer’s test result was received by the Bucks County police department late Friday.
It is the second known case of a law-enforcement officer testing positive for the virus in the five-county region of Philadelphia and its southeast Pennsylvania suburbs. Last week, an officer in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County, tested positive for the virus.
“It’s unknown at this time how he was infected. As a department, we identified the officers and civilian staff who have had recent close, prolonged contact with this officer or are showing symptoms of the illness, and we are ensuring that they self-quarantine per the direction of the county health department,” Bartorilla said.
“These officers will be tested and must have a negative test result and clearance from either Dr. [David] Damsker or Dr. [Gerald] Wydro before being allowed to return to work. This will ensure that we minimize the rest of the department’s chance for infection and also that we don’t risk spreading it beyond our department,” the police chief said.

“The county health department has been notified by us of everyone who has had recent direct contact with this officer. We are following the county health department’s lead in this and are working closely with them in this matter,” Bartorilla said.

Montgomery County set to open drive-thru testing Saturday

Montgomery County’s first COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will open Saturday at 10 a.m. by appointment for first responders and residents who meet a specific criteria, Val Arkoosh, chair of Montgomery County’s Board of Commissioners, said Friday.
The criteria includes having a fever of 104 degrees and respiratory problems. People age 65 and older can be tested if they have a temperature above 99.6 degrees. Appointments can be made online or by calling 610-631-3000.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county rose to 68 after 13 new cases were announced Friday.
Two of the individuals, a 66-year-old man from Whitpain township and a 4-year-old from New Hanover, are hospitalized, Arkoosh said.
The nine other individuals, who range from ages 20 to 95, are stable and recovering at home. County officials said the status of two of the individuals, a 57-year-old woman from Lower Merion and a 72-year-old man from Abington, is unclear.
Nearly half of the new cases are persons under 40 — including a 20-year-old and two 22-year-olds.
Arkoosh also urged any businesses to donate their surplus of masks as the county’s medical professionals continue to experience a shortage.
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