With 72 new positives Saturday, the number of coronavirus cases in Bucks County has hit 2,541. Bucks also experienced the greatest number of deaths in a single week as 61 people have passed away from COVID-19 since last Saturday.
The increase means there are between 201 and 250 cases in Bristol, Bensalem, and Middletown Townships each. They have more than any other municipality in the county.
Saturday’s increase is also relatively lower than other days over the past week. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday averaged more than 130 new cases per day.
But as the number of new cases increases, so does the number of people who have recovered. 571 people, or bout a fifth of people who have tested positive for the virus, are no longer experiencing symptoms.
Under Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to reopen the commonwealth, each county must have under 50 new cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days. The total is cumulative.
The US Census Bureau estimates Bucks County has 628,270 residents as of July 2019. With extra room for rounding, county officials have determined Bucks would need to see less than 320 new case over 14 days, or 23 cases per day.
Bucks is far from this goal, though Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker says a vast majority of new cases are healthcare workers and those living in long term care facilities. If these areas start to see drops, the goal may be more reachable.
Meantime, more than 200 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Bucks. 24 of them are in critical condition and on ventilators.