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Bucks Coronavirus Cases At 12; Montco Shifts to Community Spread Mode

March 18, 2020

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

Bucks County’s coronavirus cases reached double digits today with the announcement of three new positive cases.

The Wolf Administration, meanwhile, confirmed the state’s first COVID-19-related death, an adult from Northampton County who was being treated at a hospital.

And in Montgomery County, which has the most cases (42) of any Pennsylvania county, including eight new positives today, officials announced that they are shifting to a “community spread model” and discontinuing most contact tracing efforts.

“We continue to have a very rapidly evolving situation here in Montgomery County,” said Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners, at an afternoon briefing. Under the community spread model, she said, “I will no longer be reporting contact tracing or presumed route of exposure for each individual, as I have done on all prior days. Arkoosh

“I want to emphasize that this shift is not unexpected, and is consistent with the progression of a highly communicable disease like COVID-19,” Arkoosh said. She added that with community tracing discontinued, Montgomery County no longer will announce the number of residents being quarantined, which currently stands at 512.

She outlined procedures in which anyone who tests positive must remain isolated for a minimum of seven days, and may be released only if they have not had a fever for 72 hours. Household members must be remain under quarantine for at least seven days after the first person’s isolation release date.

Bucks County’s new cases involve three adults, all with mild symptoms who are confined to their homes.

One lives out of state during the work week and shares a residence there with a person who has tested positive.

The second patient lives in Bucks County but works out of state, while the third is a resident who has not left Bucks County anytime recently, said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department. Coronavirus lab.01

Damsker said the sources of infection for the latter two cases and an elderly person who remains hospitalized are still being investigated. He said he expects to have more information on Thursday.

Damsker said that the new cases here are not surprising, and that he expects to receive them in increasing numbers as private lab testing for coronavirus becomes increasingly available to Bucks County residents. He noted that while Bucks has largely been testing only those with obvious risk factors for the virus, such as foreign travel or documented contact with another infected person, 11 of the 12 cases have involved mild symptoms with home confinement.

Pennsylvania currently has 152 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in one death to date.

9 Comments

  1. 9 Ron 18 Mar
    Hello

    Do any if these case have ties to the DelVal campus - I don't wand personal
    details - just need to know if any of these individuals had been part of the campus or it's recent programs.
  2. 8 details - just need to know if any of these individuals had been part of the campus or it's recent programs. 19 Mar
    Bucks County’s coronavirus cases reached double digits today with the announcement of three new positive cases.

    The Wolf Administration, meanwhile, confirmed the state’s first COVID-19-related death, an adult from Northampton County who was being treated at a hospital.

    And in Montgomery County, which has the most cases (42) of any Pennsylvania county, including eight new positives today, officials announced that they are shifting to a “community spread model” and discontinuing most contact tracing efforts.

    “We continue to have a very rapidly evolving situation here in Montgomery County,” said Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners, at an afternoon briefing. Under the community spread model, she said, “I will no longer be reporting contact tracing or presumed route of exposure for each individual, as I have done on all prior days. Arkoosh

    “I want to emphasize that this shift is not unexpected, and is consistent with the progression of a highly communicable disease like COVID-19,” Arkoosh said. She added that with community tracing discontinued, Montgomery County no longer will announce the number of residents being quarantined, which currently stands at 512.

    She outlined procedures in which anyone who tests positive must remain isolated for a minimum of seven days, and may be released only if they have not had a fever for 72 hours. Household members must be remain under quarantine for at least seven days after the first person’s isolation release date.

    Bucks County’s new cases involve three adults, all with mild symptoms who are confined to their homes.

    One lives out of state during the work week and shares a residence there with a person who has tested positive.
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    The second patient lives in Bucks County but works out of state, while the third is a resident who has not left Bucks County anytime recently, said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department. Coronavirus lab.01
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    Damsker said the sources of infection for the latter two cases and an elderly person who remains hospitalized are still being investigated. He said he expects to have more information on Thursday.

    Damsker said that the new cases here are not surprising, and that he expects to receive them in increasing numbers as private lab testing for coronavirus becomes increasingly available to Bucks County residents. He noted that while Bucks has largely been testing only those with obvious risk factors for the virus, such as foreign travel or documented contact with another infected person, 11 of the 12 cases have involved mild symptoms with home confinement.

    Pennsylvania currently has 152 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in one death to date
  3. 7 James Chronowski 19 Mar
    Do we feel there will be a shift in testing (i.e., TESTING FOR ALL)  for all to gauge a more statistical relevant number between symptomatic and asymptomatic PA residents?  If so, when?
  4. 6 Mike 19 Mar
    It is a shame to see us abandoning the test and trace tactic used so successfully in South Korea.  I don't know why we're not able to sustain those efforts, nor what constraints Montgomery Co has, but it is sad news indeed.

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/coronavirus-cases-have-dropped-sharply-south-korea-whats-secret-its-success
  5. 5 Debbie Bennett-Vidaure 19 Mar
    Why aren’t you providing the towns where these cases reside? Every other local  county in PA is sharing this information with the public.  I would hope knowing the locations would ensure that residents in or near the town would be extra-vigilant.
  6. 4 Suzanne Marie Jarose 19 Mar
    i was told this morning by The Bucks County Dept of Health that  a list of the municipalities in Bucks County who have cases of corona virus was released yesterday.  I cannot find that list anywhere.  Why are Bucks County cases with municipalities named not being televised as all of the surrounding counties are?  We need information that can be easily accessed.
  7. 3 Barry Murphy 19 Mar
    Which townships have residents or visitors that have been identified with the corona virus?
  8. 2 Mike Altemus 19 Mar
    Why don't you have a dynamic dashboard similar to what Montgomery county has? They also have an interactive map  of county showing number of confirmed cases in each twsp.
    https://data-montcopa.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19
  9. 1 Cynthia Koons 19 Mar
    I am very disappointed in Buck County’s information as compared to Montgomery County.  We should know the areas where cases exist.  Very sad reflection on our county government.

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