Bucks Health Director “Optimistic” For Future As COVID-19 Cases Drop

A patient receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Lower Bucks Hospital. Photo by Rick Rickman.

Bucks County Health Director Dr. Damsker says he is more optimistic now than at any point of the pandemic.

Damsker’s positive attitude comes as COVID-19 cases continue to fall. New case numbers fell to a six month low this weekend.

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

The seven day rolling average is at about 80 cases per day, less than a third from this time last month. It’s likely new cases will continue to decrease as vaccinations increase and warmer weather emerges.

This trend is similar to last summer. In the early months of the pandemic, new cases per day in Bucks peaked at 116 per day on May 4, 2020. One month later, the number sat closer to 26.

“As the cases fall to low levels, Bucks County is in a terrific position to come out of this,” said Dr. Damsker.

Hospitalizations and deaths are also on the decline. About 50 are in the hospital with coronavirus and seven are on ventilators.

Health officials attributed a total of 17 deaths in Bucks to COVID-19 in May as of Monday, for an average of one per day.

Vaccinations remain readily available to those who want them. More than 212,000 Bucks Countians are fully vaccinated, while another 93,000 have received their first shot.

“The vaccine is easily available, and it’s safe and effective,” Damsker added. “To anybody who is on the fence: It’s been given to tens of millions of people, and it’s keeping people out of the hospital just like it’s supposed to.”

Even teenagers 12 years old and up are not waiting long to get their shot. More than 2,000 Bucks Countians ages 12 to 15 have received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.