Bucks Department of Health officials have confirmed four new coronavirus cases at Bucks County Correctional Facility.
The positive cases include three officers and one prisoner. Bucks Director of Health David Damsker said the results came in over two days.
“It’s not surprising that we are having cases among workers at healthcare facilities and close-quarters facilities like prisons,” Damsker said. “We expected that, since they are among the people who have to leave their homes each day to do this essential work. We hope that it will begin to decrease with the universal masking recommendations that have been made by the governor.”
In New Jersey, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced the release of some inmates from county jails. Meanwhile, KYW 1060 reports the ACLU of Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit to release some prisoners due to the crisis.
There has been no indication from Bucks County officials there are any plans to release any inmates.
Damsker noted more healthcare workers and first responders are contracting the virus. His comments come as at least four Middletown Township Police officers are in quarantine with confirmed cases.
Additionally, former Tullytown Fire Chief Rick Johnson passed away Saturday due to COVID-19. Johnson was one of the youngest victims of the virus, dying at the age of 50.
There are 580 cases in Bucks as of Saturday evening due to 64 new cases. Three people passed away Saturday, bringing the death toll to 14.
Along with Johnson, two other men died. One was a man in his 70s, though the other was in his 50s. These are the youngest deaths in the county so far.