As Bucks County awaits the impact of having gone green on Friday, health officials continued to report relatively low numbers of new COVID-19 infections over the past three days.
The county averaged 10 new cases per day from Saturday through Monday, the Bucks County Health Department reported, along with five additional cases that were delayed reports and no longer are considered infectious. Only two were attributed to pure community spread.
One death was reported: a 92-year-old man who had underlying health conditions and lived in a long-term care facility died on Sunday.
Bucks County moved into the least-restrictive green phase of Gov. Wolf’s recovery plan on Friday, enabling restaurants and bars to open at reduced capacities for inside customers, along with close-contact businesses such as hair salons, fitness centers, tattoo parlors and casinos. Businesses that already had been operating at reduced capacities in the yellow phase were allowed to expand their numbers.
Public officials here have continued to stress mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing and disinfecting of high-contact surfaces. While the move to green is expected to cause the number of new infections to rise at least slightly, the effect of the new standards will not begin to be known here for another week or two.
“Our inspectors have found that most bars have followed our safe guidance thus far, and we’re grateful for that,” said Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker. “We want everything to remain open going forward and we’re off to a good start.”
Masks are still required to enter businesses. Please see Bucks County’s COVID-19 Economic Resources Portal for more complete guidance on the move to green.
Of the 35 total cases added to the county’s total in the past three days, 10 were spread by people who had traveled out of state, eight resulted from household contacts, seven are residents or workers at long-term care facilities, three were from workplace contacts, two were attributed to community spread, one was infected in a healthcare setting, and four were unable to be interviewed immediately.
Bucks County now has had 5,395 residents test positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic. A total of 507 deaths have been attributed to the virus, including 405 long-term care residents, while 3,604 are confirmed to have recovered.
The median age of those who have been infected in Bucks is 56, while the median age of those who have died is 82.
A total of 74 Bucks County patients remain hospitalized, 10 of them in critical condition and on ventilators.
Statistics, charts and other coronavirus-related information can be found on the county’s data portal: https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com. An interactive Bucks County map showing numbers of active infections by municipality can be found here.
Unless significant new developments arise, the next Bucks County COVID update will be posted on Thursday.