The number of COVID-19 cases in Bucks County rose to 41 Sunday. One of the new cases is a Middletown Township Police Officer.
There now are cases in Bensalem, Bristol Township, Middletown, Lower Southampton, Lower Makefield, and Newtown Township.
Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damsker says these new cases make it clear community spread is present.
Two older adults with underlying health issues are in the hospital due to coronavirus. One is in serious condition, while the other is in critical condition.
One of the cases is a Middletown cop. Officer Ryan Morrison is telling people to stay home if they show symptoms.
Morrison joined District Attorney Matt Weintraub for a video call Saturday to publicly speak out about his experience. He wants people to think about their parents and grandparents.
“It’s kind of selfish to go out in public, especially if you are showing symptoms,” said Morrison. “If you encounter some elderly person and they catch it, they’re going to be struggling a lot more with it than you are.”
Morrison started feeling under the weather last Tuesday, but did not start showing symptoms until two days later.
Like most healthy adults, Morrison says he has a mild case with symptoms like fever, congestion, and extreme fatigue.
The Middletown Officer is currently in isolation at home. Morrison must go three consecutive days without a fever before returning to work.
Dr. Damsker says first responders will be prioritized for test kits. He also says anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 should not go to the hospital.
“The reality is that many more people are going to test positive for this virus,” he said, “and we need to ensure our hospitals do not become overwhelmed. Otherwise, the people who need care the most may not be able to receive it.”
Morrison’s full interview with Weintraub is available here.
There were just seven cases in Bucks last Monday. A map with updated information about where COVID-19 is present in Bucks County is available here.