Pennsylvania just recorded its single highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. Meantime, Bucks is seeing record highs as well.
The PA Department of Health reported 11,406 new positive cases Thursday throughout the Commonwealth. With the high number of cases comes a record number of hospitalizations.
As of December 3, 4,982 patients are in the hospital with COVID-19. This is well above the Spring’s peak of 2,800 from April 27. More than 1,000 are in the ICU.
Bucks County is trending the same way in cases. County health officials reported an average of 345 cases per day in the most recent reporting period from the last full week of November.
This brings the county total to 19,001 cases as of noon December 5.
County health officials are bracing for a spike in cases following Thanksgiving. Bucks Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker is urging people to get tested if they gathered with family or friends.
“We are hoping that many people used their common sense over the holiday weekend to stay home and reduce any gatherings,” said Damsker. “Keep in mind that given the high case numbers, anybody you know can be potentially infected. If you have symptoms, don’t go to work or school or visit family – get tested.”
Fortunately, hospitalizations in Bucks are not rising as fast as case counts. However, the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 is much higher than in recent months.
Hospitalizations were at 69 as of Saturday, November 28. This is the most recent data available.
This is the highest number since July. Four of them are on ventilators.
It is also much higher compared to mid-October. Just five people were in the hospital with COVID-19 in Bucks at that time.
The official death toll for Bucks County is now 718 as of December 5. Between Nov. 22 – 28, 23 people died in the county. This is the most since late May.
Of the victims, nine were in their 60s or younger. Only six of them lived in long-term care facilities.