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Bucks Numbers Remain Low: 16 Cases, 1 Death Reported Today

June 12, 2020

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

Bucks County’s level of new COVID-19 infections remained low today, as 16 positive cases were reported, four of them too old to still be infectious.

Despite the county’s continued success in limiting the spread of coronavirus, Bucks was not among the eight counties that will be allowed to move from the yellow stage to green next week under Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan.

Those counties – Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike and Schuylkill – are all located far from Southeast Pennsylvania, where many of the remaining 13 yellow counties are located.

Those 13 counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna counties.

Two Bucks County lawmakers said this afternoon that Wolf’s office had told them Bucks would be allowed to move into green on June 26, barring any spikes in new infections over the next week.

State Rep. John Galloway and State Sen. Steve Santarsiero both told LevittownNow.com that they had received that information from the governor’s office.

“Many of us hoped it would be a week earlier – the 19th – but they are taking this week and next week to evaluate,” Santarsiero told the online news site.

Of the 16 cases reported today in Bucks County, five were spread through household contacts, three were community spread, two are long-term care residents, and one was spread at a workplace. Five were unable to be interviewed immediately.

Four of the cases were delayed reports from more than two weeks ago, meaning they are no longer considered infectious.

One death was reported – a 76-year-old man with underlying health conditions who lived in a long-term care facility. A total of 485 Bucks County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 have died, while 2,226 are confirmed to have recovered.

Eighty-seven Bucks County coronavirus patients are hospitalized, 14 of them 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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