More than 100 new positive cases of coronavirus in Bucks County Tuesday has resulted in a total count of 816. Most of the new cases are either healthcare workers or residents of long term care facilities.
Four deaths in Bucks brought the death toll up to 24. One 76-year-old woman passed away and the remaining three were men. They ranged in age from 64 to 101. All had underlying health conditions.
51 people are in the hospital with coronavirus in Bucks. Eleven of them are in critical condition and on ventilators. Bucks has the third highest number of deaths in the state.
The only municipality in Lower Bucks with no confirmed cases is Hulmeville Borough. 134 people have recovered in Bucks and have been released from isolation, including two Middletown Police officers.
Despite the largest single day increase, it seems social distancing is making an impact. Only five of the 104 new cases were the results of community spread.
Health officials report an estimated 75 percent of new cases Tuesday were healthcare workers or those living in a congregated setting. This includes long term care facilities and other places where people are in close proximity.
“We have had some outbreaks at long-term care faclities, and a few deaths,” Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker said.
Bensalem Township now has the greatest number of confirmed cases of any municipality in Bucks with more than 50. The township sits next to Philadelphia, which saw more than 30 deaths alone Tuesday.
However, the county map may not be representative of the real distribution of cases. Dr. Damsker says while the official count is 816, there are far more people who have the virus and have not been tested. He believes this is the situation throughout the rest of PA.
Statewide, 644 healthcare workers have tested positive for coronavirus. A total of 14,599 Pennsylvanians have tested positive for coronavirus due to 1,579 new cases.