County Begins Reporting Towns With COVID-19 Cases

On Thursday evening, Bucks County began making public the hometown of COVID-19 patients.

Hours earlier, Bucks County Health Director Dr. David Damsker said releasing town-level data would happen as community spread began. Previous to this week, the county knew all the cases came from out of county or out of state.

As of Thursday night, Bucks County’s 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases were spread between Buckingham Township, Doylestown Township, Lower Makefield Township, Northampton Township, Upper Makefield Township, Upper Southampton Township, Warminster Township, and Warrington Township.

Credit: County of Bucks

“We want to make sure before we do this that everyone who lives in a municipality that is colored in shouldn’t panic,” Damsker said, adding he expects the number and location of cases to expand.

Last week, Damsker defended the practice of not releasing the hometown of patients. At that time, he stated there was not a public health reason to release the locations of positive cases.

County officials began to get criticism from the public on the issue. In neighboring Montgomery County, health officials release the hometown and age of patents.

State health officials said last week that counties have control over the information they release.

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001