Bucks COVID-19 Rates Increase But Hospitalizations Drop

Bucks County Director of Health Dr. David Damsker speaks at a coronavirus press conference.

Even as the rate of new coronavirus cases in Bucks increases, hospitalizations are decreasing.

Health officials reported an average of 38 cases per day last week, five more than the week before. Half of these new infections are either the result of spread within households or between family and friends at social gatherings.

A total of 8,955 county residents have tested positive for the virus. Bucks is on track to break the 9,000 mark by the end of Thursday. 7,993 people have made full recoveries.

Meantime, just five people are in the hospital with COVID-19. This is less than half of the dozen hospitalizations Bucks had to start October.

Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker credits local hospitals with doing “a fantastic job treating the sicker patients and keeping stays as short as possible.”

“Because of that, it’s a better situation as compared to March and April, and we need to continue focusing on keeping the virus out of places like long-term care facilities.”

Two more people passed away due to COVID-19 last week. Both were women with underlying health conditions. One was 92 years old while the other was 69.

Four COVID-19 have occurred in October so far. The total death count sits at 534.

Lower Bucks continues to have the bulk of active cases. Bensalem and Bristol Townships each have 56 as of Monday night.

Most other municipalities in Lower Bucks have between 10 and 30 active cases. Some smaller communities like Yardley and Langhorne Boroughs have none at all.