Coronavirus case counts are steeply dropping off. New cases fell by nearly 30 percent last week alone.
From an April peak of nearly 300 new cases per day, Bucks is now reporting less than 150 per day.
Cases fell in May 2020 as well. However, this year the drop is more steep and happening sooner in the season.
The difference this time around is that people are getting vaccinated, according to Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker. As more people are vaccinated, it decreases the chances coronavirus has to spread.
Just over half of Pennsylvanians have received at least the first dose of a vaccine. Bucks is above the state average at 54 percent of adults being at least partially protected.
Medical workers in Bucks have administered more than 431,000 doses of vaccines. About 175,000 people are fully protected, with another 98,000 needing a second shot.
“Very soon we are going to put this in our rearview mirror,” said Damsker.
Less people are in the hospital as well. There were 72 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Saturday, down from nearly 100 at the start of April.
“Right now there are less than 10 people in the ICU, and less than five on ventilators,” said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department. “We are winning this fight.”
Deaths are not yet following this positive trend. Health officials tallied 22 deaths attributed to COVID-19 last week. The total count for April sits at 66 lives lost.