New cases of COVID-19 in Bucks County have reached numbers not seen since the first week of the pandemic.
As of Monday, the rolling average sits at just 10 cases per day. This is the lowest since March 24, 2020 when new cases were just appearing in Bucks. Even better, some recent days have seen rates in the single digits.
So far, health officials have attributed seven deaths this month to the virus. At about one every other day, it’s a far cry from the 30 lives lost in a single week in mid-January 2021.
Hospitalizations are down as well. Again, Bucks Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker noted there’s a common theme among the dozen people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
“Even though the overall hospitalization numbers are way down, the people who are still getting very sick are almost all unvaccinated,” said Damsker. “Anyone who is older, immunosuppressed, obese or otherwise at higher risk of disease, absolutely needs to get vaccinated. In those risk categories, there shouldn’t be a debate.”
The county is offering pop-up vaccine clinics this week, including two in Lower Bucks. The first took place at the Falls Township Municipal Building Tuesday.
Coming up, the second will be at the Bristol Waterfront Juneteenth Celebration this weekend. It will take place June 19th from noon to 3 p.m. at 100 Basin Park in Bristol.
But soon, Bucks will be closing half of its remaining COVID-19 mass vaccine clinics in time for the Fourth of July weekend.
On July 3, the county’s clinics at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown and Perkasie campuses will close. Only the Neshaminy Mall and Warwick Square shopping center sites will remain open.
Once the county government reopens on July 6 the two clinics will operate weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will both offer the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Nearly 270,000 Bucks County residents are fully vaccinated and about 75,000 are partially protected. About 65 percent of eligible residents have received at least one dose.