COVID-19 Case Counts Increase With Vaccinations At County Sites

A medical worker prepares a COVID-19 vaccine dose. Photo via Bucks County.

Vaccinations in Bucks are continuing to ramp up despite an ongoing conflict between local officials and the Wolf Administration. And while vaccinations are increasing, so are coronavirus case counts.

Clinics run by the county Health Department gave more than 11,000 vaccine shots last week alone.

This is greater than a third of the total administered since the first sites opened on February 16th. All sites combined have given out 31,066 doses as of Saturday.

The biggest driving force is the new site at Neshaminy Mall, accounting for nearly 4,900 in its first week.

Still, Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker says the county received less vaccine this past week than the week prior. From 20,660 the week before, the most recent amount dropped to 15,000.

“Vaccination numbers are climbing steadily, though supply is coming a little slower than what was predicted,” said Damsker. “Again, I encourage everyone to get whichever vaccine they can, as soon as they are eligible.”

About 65,000 people in Bucks are fully vaccinated. More than 72,000 are partially protected.

Bucks County is seeing about 200 new cases per day, a roughly 30 percent increase over last week. This brings the total number of cases to about 48,000.

Hospitalizations and deaths are not yet seeing the same increase.

66 patients were in the hospital with the virus as of Saturday, while the county tallied 10 more deaths attributed to COVID-19 last week. The death toll for the pandemic sits at 1,165.