Bucks County saw 128 new cases Tuesday, bringing the county total to 1,399.
This sharp increase is nearly triple the number of Monday’s 46 new cases. It interrupts a trend from Easter weekend which appeared to show fewer new cases per day.
However, Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker says the spike is not the result of community spread. Instead, several congregate living facilities in Bucks recently tested every single one of their residents.
This decision comes as health officials reported a 31-year-old man with disabilities recently passed away of COVID-19. The victim lived at a congregate living facility.
Many of these living facilities are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. With people living in relatively close proximity, many house the elderly or people with health issues.
“When all of this is said and done, I don’t think there will be any congregate care facility that won’t have at least one positive case, either among a resident or someone working there,” Damsker said.
Health officials reported eleven new deaths Tuesday. This is the greatest increase so far, bringing the death toll to 52 Bucks County residents.
With the exception of the man with disabilities, all victims were between 73 and 95 years old. With 24 patients on ventilators, Damsker expects several deaths every day for the near future.
“The average age of the people who have died is around 80, and while it doesn’t lessen the impact on their families, it should help to know that these are not people who have become infected from being out in public. We luckily also have not had a death of anybody who did not have underlying medical conditions.”
But despite reporting eleven deaths Tuesday, not all the victims died on Tuesday. Damsker noted six of them actually passed away Sunday or Monday, but were not reported to the health department until Tuesday.
As time goes on, more people are making full recoveries as well. 264 Bucks County residents have recovered from coronavirus as of Tuesday night.