Publicly available data shows Bucks County suffered more COVID-19 deaths in September 2021 than the same month last year.
Local health officials reported 27 deaths attributed to the virus for this past month. This is a 42 percent increase compared to 19 deaths in September 2020.
It’s also an increase over this past August, which tallied 15 deaths. Bucks now has a total of 1,379 COVID-19 related deaths, though this number “includes infected patients whose deaths were attributed to causes other than COVID-19,” according to the Bucks County Department of Health.
There’s far more cases this time around. The 7-day rolling average has been fluctuating between 140 and 150 cases per day for the past several weeks. It surpassed 160 as of Monday, nearing the August 2021 summer peak.
This correlates with an increase in hospitalizations as well. More than five dozen people are in the hospital with COVID-19 this week. Bucks didn’t see that many cases last fall until late October, let alone hospitalizations.
The earlier surge this fall comes despite more than 60 percent of Bucks Countians 12 and older being fully vaccinated. Nearly 70 percent have received at least one dose.