Bucks County has more than 3,000 positive cases of coronavirus as of Thursday afternoon. Additionally, more than 200 people have died of COVID-19.
Director of Health Dr. David Damsker announced the numbers during a virtual press conference with other Bucks County officials. While this data does not factor in cases and deaths after 12:30 p.m. Thursday, it demonstrates the general trend.
As Bucks had 2,908 cases Wednesday night, this means there were at least 92 new cases at midday. Damsker also stated there are 206 deaths, meaning eight people had passed away.
This means Bucks is likely to see numbers similar to Wednesday, which was the deadliest COVID-19 day so far. 20 people died and health officials announced 132 new cases.
In order for the county to begin to reopen under Governor Wolf’s plan, Bucks must have 320 new cases total over a 14 day period. This evens out to about 23 per day.
If current trends hold, Bucks would break this threshold in just three days.
New cases continue to largely stay concentrated among staff or residents of long term care facilities. Community spread remains low, with ten or less cases with untraceable origins over the past few days.
There are 25 Bucks County residents on ventilators and 196 others in the hospital.