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Bucks COVID-19 Cases Dropped Below 21 Per Day Last Week

June 15, 2020

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

Bucks County’s daily average of COVID-19 cases, already at a low baseline level, dropped to an average of less than 21 cases per day last week for the first time since the pandemic’s initial days in March.

A total of 145 cases were reported last week, an average of 20.7 per day. Saturday’s total of eight new infections was the lowest daily total since March 21, when there were five cases reported.

No statistics were reported on Sunday, but today’s two-day total of 26 represents an average of 13 per day to begin this week. The total includes six delayed case reports too old to still be considered infectious.

“A total of 34 cases over the last three days is something we should be very optimistic about,” said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department. “We are a week and a half into the yellow phase and a ways out from the large protests that occurred.”

Three deaths of people who tested positive for COVID-19 also were reported over the three-day period. All were over age 85, lived in long-term care facilities and had underlying health issues.

Of the 34 cases reported from Saturday through today, 12 were the result of infections spread within households, 10 are residents or workers at long-term care facilities, four resulted from pure community spread, two were transmitted in healthcare settings, two were from workplace contacts and four were unable to be interviewed immediately.

Eighty-two Bucks County coronavirus patients remain hospitalized, 14 of them in critical condition and on ventilators. A total of 493 county deaths have now been attributed to COVID-19, while 2,321 who have tested positive for the virus are confirmed to have recovered.

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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