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Nursing Home COVID Cases Still Abound; Community Spread Remains Low

May 6, 2020

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

Long-term care facilities accounted for more than half of the 95 new COVID-19 cases reported today by the Bucks County Health Department.

Forty-five residents and six staff members tested positive in the latest numbers, which brought the county’s total to 3,599 positive cases.

Eight deaths of people with COVID-19 also were reported, all of them elderly residents of long-term care facilities, and all with underlying health issues. The decedents ranged in age from 94 to 68.

Almost 82 percent of the county’s 288 deaths have been among residents of long-term care facilities, and 85 percent have been ages 70 and above. Only 4 percent of Bucks County’s deaths have been under the age of 60.  

Community spread remained low in Bucks County, accounting for only seven of the new cases.

Statewide there have been almost 52,000 positive coronavirus cases reported, including more than 10,000 in long-term care facilities. A total of 3,106 Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 have died, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said.

A total of 956 county residents have been confirmed to have recovered, and have been released from isolation. One hundred ninety-seven COVID-19 patients remain hospitalized, 21 of them in critical condition and on ventilators.

Statistics, charts and other coronavirus-related information can be found on the county’s data portal: https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com.  An interactive Bucks County map showing numbers of active cases by municipality can be found here.

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