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Bucks Reports 15 New Recent COVID Cases and 10 Delayed Older Cases

June 4, 2020

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

On the last day of Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order, Bucks County reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 cases so old that they no longer are infectious.

It was the second straight day that the county’s new total was inflated by “delayed transfer” cases sent from Philadelphia – infections of Bucks County residents that were confirmed in the city, but not reported to Bucks until weeks later.

Of the 25 total cases, eight are residents of long-term care facilities, four came from household contacts, two were attributed to pure community spread, one was spread in a healthcare setting and 10 were unable to be interviewed immediately because of the delayed reporting.

Four deaths of people with coronavirus also were reported today, bringing the county’s total fatalities to 469. A total of 5,817 deaths across Pennsylvania have been attributed to COVID-19.

Two of the new Bucks County decedents were residents of long-term care facilities and had underlying health conditions. The county’s total number of infections during the pandemic is 4,906.

Gov. Wolf has announced that all remaining counties in the shut-down red phase of his reopening plan will be allowed Friday to move into the yellow phase, in which most daycares and businesses will be able to re-open with restrictions.

“We’re very happy about that; we’ve worked hard to get there,” Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department, said during a news conference today. He cautioned that despite the lowered numbers, it is still possible to catch the virus in the community.

“That’s why it’s so important to continue the masking and the social distancing we’ve been talking about,” Damsker said.

Damsker said county officials are under the impression that the yellow phase will be relatively brief. “If we can maintain our numbers where they are, or even a slight bump …. we should be able to move to green by the end of June,” he said.

One hundred eight Bucks County patients are hospitalized, 19 of whom are in critical condition and on ventilators.

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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