The latest data from the Bucks County Health Department show new COVID-19 cases have spiked to unprecedented levels. Meanwhile, the number of people in the hospital with the virus is growing as well.
As of Tuesday, the seven-day rolling average has reached 959 cases per day. The county had seen rising spread over the month of December, then counts skyrocketed after Christmas.
Previously, Bucks County’s record high for cases was 521 back in Dec. 2020. Bucks is now seeing nearly twice as many per day.
Most of these new cases are concentrated in Lower Bucks. As a whole, the area is seeing far more cases than Central or Upper Bucks.
More densely populated municipalities close to Philadelphia like Bensalem and Bristol are experiencing the greatest spread. Nearby townships like Middletown, Falls, and Northampton are not far behind.
When combining confirmed and probable cases, Bucks has tallied over 96,000 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March 2020. With a population of 628,000 people and current trends, one in six Bucks County residents will have caught the virus before the end of the month, excluding those who caught it twice.
The result of a sudden, recent explosion in spread is a rapid increase in hospitalizations.
In mid-December, 133 people in the hospital had COVID-19. Within the last three weeks that total has jumped to 199.
WBCB has reached out to the county to clarify whether these numbers include partially vaccinated individuals.
This trend holds true for those in the ICU and others on ventilators.
However, deaths attributed to COVID-19 are not yet increasing at the same rate.
The Bucks County Health Department reported 54 deaths from COVID-19 in November. Totals from December show 70 deaths so far, though this could increase with updates.