2 New Coronavirus Cases in Bucks, Not Due to Community Spread, Officials Say
Two new coronavirus cases were announced Tuesday in Bucks County, both of them easily traced to the source of infection, bringing the number cases in the county to nine officials said.
One is the spouse of an elderly patient who remains in serious but stable condition today at a local hospital after testing positive for coronavirus on Monday. The spouse is confined at the couple’s home with mild symptoms, said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department.
The other case is an adult who came into contact with a person at an out-of-state gathering who later tested positive for the virus. This patient also has mild symptoms and is at home, Damsker said.
Because the causes of their cases were clearly identified, they were not the result of community spread, Damsker said.
Damsker said that contract tracing for the hospitalized patient continues, and that this remains the only Bucks case in which the source has not yet been identified. It is also the only known coronavirus case in the county that has involved more than moderate symptoms, possibly because of the person’s age and preexisting medical issues.
Bucks County now has nine presumptively positive cases of coronavirus, with more expected in the coming days and weeks, officials said in a statement.
According to the last update at 5 p.m Tuesday, statewide, there have been 112 cases so far, with no fatalities county officials say, however, according to the state Department of Health website, Pennsylvania has 96 confirmed cases of COVID-19
LBS has reached out to state and county officials seeking answers as to why the case numbers are different