Out of State Travel Boosts COVID-19 Cases in Bucks over Last 4 Days
Bucks County recorded an average of 26 new covid -19 cases reported over the holiday weekend with with about half of the new cases coming from out of state travel health officials said Monday night
There were 117 new cases reported, of those, 14 were delayed reports which are no longer considered infectious to be infectious.
Of the 117 total infections, 50 resulted from out-of-state contacts, 19 were from household contacts, 14 were attributed to pure community spread, six are residents or workers at long-term care facilities, two are healthcare workers, and 26 were unable to be interviewed immediately.
“Over the last four days, 50 of our 103 new cases were infected during out-of-state travel, many from Myrtle Beach, S.C.,” said Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker. “Think twice before you leave for any area of the country that is currently experiencing a high prevalence of COVID-19.”
“If you have to go, be smart,” Damsker added. “Wear a mask, sanitize your hands frequently, and avoid bars and other similar gatherings of people.”
The Wolf administration recommended last week that Pennsylvanians who travel to one of 15 states where coronavirus is surging should self-quarantine at home for two weeks upon their return back home. The states identified by state officials are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
Bucks County now has had 5,576 residents test positive for COVID-19 during the pandemic. A total of 510 deaths have been attributed to the virus, including 408 long-term care residents, while 3,912 are confirmed to have recovered.
The median age of those who have been infected in Bucks is 56, while the median age of death is 82.
A total of 68 Bucks County patients remain hospitalized, nine of them in critical condition and on ventilators.
The county health department also reported there were no deaths reported in Bucks County due to the coronavirus since July 3.
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.
Without the out-of-state infections, Bucks County’s new cases would have averaged about 13 per day over the four-day period, according to the county health department.
Unless there are significant new developments, the next Bucks County COVID update will be posted on Thursday.