Confirmed coronavirus infections have spiked to an all time high in Bucks County.
More than 800 people tested positive for the virus last week for an average of 118 per day. This is more than 3.5 times greater than the 33 daily cases Bucks saw the same time last month.
Bucks has a public total of 10,545 cases as of Monday night.
This surge has made it impossible for contact tracers to reach hundreds of people who tested positive. Director of Health Dr. David Damsker says contract tracers are prioritizing protecting the elderly and preventing outbreaks in schools.
But as far as preventing the virus from spreading among the general community, Damsker says a large part is personal responsibility.
“In the end, I think it’s going to come down to the public and education and people following the rules about masking and not having public gatherings.”
Damsker is also warning against “COVID fatigue” as many people are forgoing social distancing guidelines.
“People are getting it from unmasked exposures,” said Damsker. “At these very high case counts, contract tracing starts becoming difficult and less effective, so we depend more and more on education and people taking personal responsibility for keeping spread in check.”
A large part of the increase came from people holding weddings, Halloween parties, and sports-related get-togethers.
Fortunately, Bucks is not seeing a record number of hospitalizations. This number sits at 16. Three COVID deaths were reported last week.