Bucks County officials on Wednesday announced 44 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported, a significant drop after reported spikes earlier this week.
County officials said the confirmed cases counts have reached a midpoint of of 71 when taking into consideration date of report. When the more accurate date of onset (symptoms begin) measure is used the 14-day average is 43 cases per day.
Eighteen of the new cases reported Wednesday came from residents living in long-term care facilities, nine from household contacts, fours were identified as community spread, two are health care professionals, and 11 were unable to be interviewed for tracing purposes as of yet, county officials said.
“Based on our extensive data collection, I believe that Bucks County is ready to move to the yellow phase,” said Dr. David Damsker, director of the health department. “We hope that Gov. Wolf and Health Secretary Levine also see it the same way very soon.
The county death toll rose past 400 with yesterdays with six more deaths reported, all were residents of long-term care facilities.
There have been 4,486 cases of coronavirus in Bucks to date. With 126 patients currently hospitalized, of which 22 are in critical condition on ventilators, according to county data.
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