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10 Deaths Push Bucks Total to 77; Nursing Home Tests Help ID 143 New Cases

April 17, 2020

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

Increased testing at Bucks County nursing homes helped identify 143 new COVID-19 cases today, while 10 additional deaths raised the county’s total to 77.

About 90 of the new cases consisted of healthcare workers and residents of longterm care facilities, said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department. Cases involving community spread remain low, he said.  

It was the largest single-day increase in the county’s case total since the pandemic began, bringing the total number of positive cases here to 1,689. Damsker attributed the spike to expanded testing in recent days.

Statewide, officials reported 49 deaths, bringing Pennsylvania’s total to 756 lives lost. The state Department of Health reported 1,706 new cases for a total of 29,441.

Nursing home residents continue to fall victim to COVID-19 in disproportionate numbers. Eight of the deaths reported today were residents of longterm care facilities.

The deceased were four men, ages 87, 84, 84 and 73; and six women, ages 89, 87, 85, 77, 77 and 69. All had underlying health conditions, Damsker said, who expressed condolences for the ongoing loss of life.

Across the state, 3,716 residents of personal care facilities and nursing homes have been infected with COVID-19 https://tinyurl.com/rnj5vot. A total of 398 have died, about 53 percent of the state total.

In Bucks County, at least 34 personal care and nursing homes have had residents or staff test positive for coronavirus. At least 34 residents of those facilities have died.

The county Emergency Operations Center, which for weeks has been working to identify, order and distribute medical supplies and other equipment, today announced that it had received 887 requests and has fully or partially fulfilled 609 of them during the pandemic.

Included in the supplies have been 168,804 surgical masks, 40,797 N95 masks, 14,420 medical gowns, 4,118 face shields, 1,092 cans of cleaning wipes, 1,000 antibody test kits and 552 bottles of hand sanitizer.

One hundred forty Bucks County coronavirus patients are hospitalized, 25 of them in critical condition and on ventilators. A total of 340 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