The novel coronavirus has taken its first victim in Bucks County, health officials announced Saturday.
The victim was an older man in his 60s with pre-existing health issues. He was admitted to the Bucks County intensive care unit Friday and died the next day.
There are now 20 Bucks County residents in the hospital with COVID-19 as of Saturday night. Seven of them are in the ICU in critical condition on ventilators. Most are older adults with underlying health issues.
Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker lamented the man’s passing. But he also noted they expected this was likely to happen at some point.
“We’ve known, from the experiences elsewhere in the commonwealth, the country and in other countries that once you have community spread of coronavirus, some of our most vulnerable people may die from this disease,” Damsker said. “This is what we are seeking to limit through our social distancing measures.”
The number of cases in Bucks County has also significantly risen in the past two days. A brief decline in new cases Thursday and early Friday quickly turned itself around.
While there were just 16 new cases Friday afternoon, a surge of positive tests increased the day’s total to 55. Then Saturday, 36 new cases brought the total to 216.
Additionally, Bristol Borough has its first positive case. The only remaining municipalities with no cases in Lower Bucks are Morrisville Borough, Langhorne Manor, Penndel, and Hulmeville.
With 533 new cases Saturday, Pennsylvania has 2,751 total COVID-19 positives. 34 people have died in the state.