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Two More COVID-19 Cases Reported in Bucks; Total Stands at 9

March 17, 2020

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

Two new coronavirus cases were announced today in Bucks County, both of them easily traced to the source of infection.

One is the spouse of an elderly patient who remains in serious but stable condition today at a local hospital after testing positive for coronavirus on Monday. The spouse is confined at the couple’s home with mild symptoms, said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department. Coronavirus (3)

The other case is an adult who came into contact with a person at an out-of-state gathering who later tested positive for the virus. This patient also has mild symptoms and is at home, Damsker said.

Because the causes of their cases were clearly identified, they were not the result of community spread, Damsker said.

He said that contact tracing for the hospitalized patient continues, and that this remains the only Bucks case in which the source has not yet been identified. It is also the only known coronavirus case in the county that has involved more than moderate symptoms, possibly because of the person’s age and preexisting medical issues.

Bucks County now has nine presumptively positive cases of coronavirus, with more expected in the coming days and weeks. Statewide, there have been 112 cases so far, none of them fatal.