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24 New COVID Cases Reported; County Officials Eager to Move to Green

June 11, 2020

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

As reports of new COVID-19 cases continued along a low baseline, Bucks County officials expressed optimism today that the county will soon be allowed to move from the yellow phase of Gov. Wolf’s reopening plan to the least-restrictive green phase.

“We feel like here in Bucks County, we are ready to move to green,” said Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker during a news briefing this afternoon. Damsker said he hoped the county could move to green “as early as next Friday, or potentially the Friday after that.”

The health department today reported 24 new cases of the coronavirus, but once again the daily numbers that will be sent to the state were inflated by delayed reports of 20 additional cases that date to early April, raising the daily total to 44.

Of those 20 old cases, some two months old, 16 came from one congregate living facility, Damsker said.

“This is a perfect example of the problems of not using the date of symptom onset for reporting,” he said, a standard for which the county has argued with the state, unsuccessfully, throughout the pandemic.

“For many of our cases that we reported today, the person was actually sick in early April,” Damsker said. “It makes little sense to use today’s date for any analytical purposes, and it isn’t good epidemiology.”

Damsker said the county has reached “sort of a baseline number, where I believe we will probably see the same number of cases that we have today, tomorrow and the next day for many, many weeks to come, until we have a vaccine or we are lucky enough to snuff the virus out totally by social distancing.”

Of today’s 24 new cases, six are residents or workers at long-term care facilities, eight were spread through household contacts, three were attributed to community spread, one was spread in a healthcare setting and one was infected at a workplace. Five were unable to be interviewed today.

Three deaths were also reported today – two women in their 90s and one in her late 40s. All lived at long-term care facilities and had underlying health conditions.

A total of 5,091 Bucks County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, 484 of whom have died and 2,202 of whom are confirmed to have recovered.

Eighty-six Bucks County patients are hospitalized, 16 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 infections by municipality can be found here.

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