Residents traveling to other states and bringing COVID-19 infections back with them continued to add to Bucks County’s case totals today.
Ten of the 32 cases reported today by the Bucks County Health Department were the result of out-of-state contacts. Eight of the 32 cases were delayed reports so old that the patients no longer are infectious.
Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker urged those who are traveling – particularly to areas where COVID-19 numbers are high – to take extra precautions upon their return.
“We’ve had (cases from) Florida, Texas, Arizona and New Jersey over the last several days,” Damsker said. “Over the past week we’ve seen more and more people getting sick in other states and then coming back to Bucks County….That’s why we need to keep our guard up” and continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Even if they don’t feel sick, Damsker suggested that people returning from high-incidence states monitor their temperatures and screen themselves for symptoms daily, avoid visiting friends and relatives – especially those who are elderly – for a few days after returning home, and stay away from gatherings as well.
No new deaths were reported in Bucks today.
In addition to the 10 out-of-state infections, the 32 cases included 13 residents or workers at long-term care facilities, four household contacts, three attributed to pure community spread, one spread in a healthcare setting, and one spread at a workplace.
Seventy-seven patients remain hospitalized, 11 of them in critical condition and on ventilators. A total of 3,393 people who tested positive for COVID-19 are confirmed to have recovered.
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