COVID-19 Outlook Brightens In Bucks As Cases, Deaths Drop Off

A map of active COVID-19 cases in Lower Bucks as of Feb. 9, 2021.

The local COVID-19 situation may be looking up.

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Bucks County are all on the decline.

The county saw a decent spike last week, but local health officials say it came from the state dumping a backlog of cases.

A red circle highlights the unusual spike in cases due to a backlog from state officials.

A look at the most recent data shows a decline more in line with previous trends. The seven-day rolling average of new cases per day dropped below 200 this past week.

This is the first time this metric has dropped below 200 since mid-November. As of Monday, the seven-day rolling average remained at 199.

Bucks County has a total of 38,194 confirmed cases and 3,752 probable cases.

Hospitalizations are falling as well. Less than 100 people are in the hospital with COVID-19 in Bucks. Of these 96 patients, 26 are in the ICU and 12 are on ventilators.

Bucks County has not had less than 100 people in the hospital with COVID-19 since mid-December.

And with falling hospitalizations importantly comes a decrease in deaths.

Health officials report 13 deaths attributed to COVID-19 between February 1 and Feb. 8. While still in the double digits, this is far lower than the 30 Bucks Countians lost in a single week of mid-January. A total of 119 Bucks Countians died of COVID-19 in the first month of 2021.

Meantime, vaccination rollouts remain slow and steady. The county dolled out 8,500 vaccinations last week. Nearly 16 hundred were given out at a special clinic for EMS workers and select medical workers.

Nearly 32,000 people have received a partial dose of the vaccine, while more than 11,000 are fully vaccinated.