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County Reports Overall COVID-19 Case Decline


Bucks County Health Director Dr. David Damsker and Emergency Management Agency Director Scott Forster. Credit: Tom Sofield/NewtownPANow.com

Bucks County Health Director Dr. David Damsker noted Monday night that there has been an overall decline in COVID-19 related deaths and a decline in new cases.

On Saturday, the county received confirmation of 29 new cases with one death, and 24 new cases with two deaths on Sunday. On Monday, the county reported 81 new cases with 13 deaths, which Damsker said the new case count could be “partially due to results of mass testing that was done by at least one nursing home.”

Monday also saw eight cases of Bucks Countians who tested positive in New Jersey. Most of the cases were from early- to mid-April and were only reported on Monday, Damsker said.

“The overall rolling trend appears to be good,” he said. “One day of a spike doesn’t affect the 14-day trend, which is clearly going down.”

A graph of cases as of Sunday.

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Of the 29 cases reported Saturday, six were residents of long-term care facilities and one was a long-term care worker. Eight were infected through household contacts, four through co-workers, one from working at a healthcare job, and one was attributed to pure community spread. Contact tracers were unable to interview the other eight immediately.

The one death reported on Saturday was a 47-year-old woman who lived at a long-term care facility.

Of the 24 cases reported Sunday, four were residents of long-term care facilities and one was a staff member. Seven were infected through household contacts, four were classified as community spread, two were infected by co-workers, and one worked in a healthcare job. Researchers were unable to interview five of the new cases.

The two deaths on Sunday were a 91-year-old man and an 89-year-old woman, both residents of long-term care facilities who had underlying health conditions.

Of the 81 cases reported [Monday], 33 are residents of long-term care facilities and one is a staff member. Twelve infections were from household contacts, 12 from community spread, four from healthcare jobs, two from other workplaces, and one from exposure out of state. Contact tracers were unable to complete interviews with 16 of the new cases.

Of the 13 deaths reported [Monday], all had underlying health conditions and seven lived in long-term care facilities. One was 101, two were in their 90s, six were in their 80s, two were in their 70s and two were in their 60s.

As of Monday night, 130 Bucks Countians were in hospitals, 18 were in critical condition and on ventilators.

A total of 1,246 have been confirmed to have recovered.


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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

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: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001