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There are two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Bucks County, according to county health officials. The county announced the development late Tuesday night.

Both cases are adults who live in the same household and picked up the virus at an out-of-state gathering. They currently have mild symptoms of coughing, fever, and shortness of breath.

COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus disease. Image via Center for Disease Control.

The Bucks County Department of Health is not releasing their names, hometown, or other personal information for privacy reasons. Director Dr. David Damsker said the cases are not surprising.

“Getting a case here in Bucks County was simply a matter of time,” Damsker said. “Given that the vast majority of those infected, including our two cases, will have mild symptoms, I want to continue to stress that we remain calm, while taking the virus seriously.”

Damsker also pointed out the importance of how these cases originated. Notably, they did not contract the virus from an unidentified carrier in the county.

He said the lack of “community spread” is significant. This will likely make efforts to contain any potential spread within Bucks more effective.

While the two adults self-isolate, health officials are working to identify any they may have come in contact with since returning from their trip.

There are fourteen cases throughout Pennsylvania as of Wednesday morning. No patients have died from the virus, though one adult in Montgomery County is in critical condition.

As the current cases are in adults, this means there are no students at schools in Bucks who have tested positive for COVID-19. All schools will continue on their normal schedules, including Neshaminy High School which closed Tuesday.

The county continues to reiterate the importance of preventative measures. Damsker recommends the following actions:

  • Frequent hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoiding close contact (within six feet) with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home when sick
  • Covering one’s coughs or sneezes with a tissue and throwing the tissue in the trash
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces with household
    cleaning sprays or wipes

Wearing face masks during one’s daily routine is not recommended by the CDC as an effective preventive measure against COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. However, people with symptoms of COVID-19, health workers and people who are taking care of an ill person in close settings are advised to wear masks to help keep the virus from spreading.