Two more people died due to COVID-19 Sunday in Bucks County, bringing the total number dying to the virus to three in the area.
Both of Sunday’s deaths were elderly people in fragile health before catching the virus. One, a woman in her 90s, had severe and longstanding pulmonary issues. The other, a man in his 80s, also had chronic underlying conditions. Both died in hospital intensive care units, Bucks County officials said in a release late Sunday.
Thirty-two more residents have tested positive for the virus since Saturday, Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department. said.
The county’s case total now stands officially at 249, he said, a number that he considers a gross underestimation of the number of residents who have the virus.
Eighteen county residents remain hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19; 11 are in stable condition and seven are on ventilators in critical condition, said county officials in a statement.
Damsker continued to urge anyone who experiences the milder common symptoms of COVID-19 – runny nose, cough, fever, and especially loss of taste and smell – to “assume you have it, stay at home, and treat your family members accordingly” by keeping them at home and isolated from any family members with underlying health conditions.
Damsker said there is no immediate need for anyone not employed in an essential job who experiences only mild symptoms to get tested, given the ongoing shortage of available testing options and busy emergency rooms.
Residents of 39 Bucks County localities have tested positive for the virus, with first-time cases reported Sunday in Tinicum Township and Dublin and Langhorne Manor Boroughs, county officials said.
Statewide, almost 4,000 Pennsylvanians have tested positive for COVID-19, Health Secretary Rachel Levine said, including 38 deaths as of Sunday 12 p.m. She said more than 316 people had been hospitalized, 110 of whom who required ICU treatment.
According to state data, over 30,000 people who have been tested for COVID-19 have come up testing negative as of Sunday 12 p.m.
41 percent of the confirmed coronavirus cases recorded by the state affected people in the 21 to 49 years-old age group.
Bucks County reports there have been 28 recoveries from virus as of Sunday night.
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