Bucks Passes 3,500 Coronavirus Cases As Community Spread Remains Low

A map of coronavirus cases in Bucks County as of Wednesday, May 6. Click to enlarge.

Even though Bucks County has 3,599 coronavirus cases as of Wednesday evening, spread among the general public remains low.

More than half of new cases in recent days have been at long term care facilities. Of 85 new cases Tuesday, 56 were staff or residents at these facilities. The trend holds for Wednesday’s 95 new positives as well.

Meantime, only eleven new cases within the past two days combined have been the result of community spread.

Middletown still has the most cases of any municipality in Bucks with 314 cases. Bristol Township is a close second with 294, while Bensalem is third with 235.

Nursing homes are also carrying the weight of COVID-19 deaths within the county. County health officials reported 22 deaths Tuesday, and 18 of them were residents of long term care facilities. Then another eight people died Wednesday; all were nursing home residents.

“We’re going through a really bad phase right now in our nursing homes,” said Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker. “It’s affecting a lot of people, and it’s affecting us personally. We are hopefully near the peak of it; we are seeing more staff returning as they recover, and we are seeing more residents recovering in the nursing homes as well.”

Once this wave passes, Damsker expects most residents of congregate living facilities to have immunity to the virus. More than three-quarters of these facilities have had cases.

Of Bucks County’s 288 deaths, 85 percent have been people 70 years old or older. Only four percent have been younger than 60 years old.

956 people have made full recoveries. On the opposite end of fortune, 197 patients are in the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms. 21 are in critical condition.