The numbers of new deaths and cases released by Bucks county officials indicate long term care facilities are being hit hardest by the coronavirus.
Another seven Bucks County residents passed away from COVID-19 Thursday. Six of them were residents of long term care facilities between 70 and 94 years old.
The exception was a 51-year-old man. Health officials say he had underlying health conditions.
This brings the county death toll to 67.
Additionally, there were 96 new cases of coronavirus and 70 of them were at long term care facilities. The county total now sits at 1,546.
Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker notes these are society’s most fragile patients. He expects these numbers will continue to go up.
“Once it’s in these facilities, it’s difficult to stop it. We’re doing our best … but there will continue to be deaths because of the population.”
However, Damsker says the decrease in new cases throughout the rest of society shows social distancing is working.
Lower Bucks continues to have the most cases of the county. Almost all municipalities with more than 50 cases each are in the Lower Bucks area.