Since Friday, when Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Bucks County would be allowed to start reopening on June 5, the county has posted its lowest four-day total of new covid-19 cases in two months.
The Bucks County Health Department reported 30 new infections on Saturday, 22 on Sunday, 24 on Monday and 27 today. The four-day total of 103 was the lowest since March 23-26, when the county had 87 new cases reported.
“We’re seeing the true payoff of the difficult sacrifices our residents and businesses have made to stop covid-19,” said Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker. “If we all keep doing the little things like masking, hand sanitizing and social distancing, we will be able to keep the case numbers down. That’s how we will get to ‘green’ in the next several weeks.”
Eighteen deaths were reported over the same four-day period, all with underlying health conditions and all but four living in long-term care facilities. Sixteen were over age 70, one was 52 and one was 32.
Wolf announced on Friday that all counties still under his stay-at-home shutdown orders by June 4 are expected to move into the so-called “yellow” phase of his reopening plan the next day. That means most businesses that now are closed will be allowed to reopen with certain safety restrictions.
Several counties that have been in the yellow phase for several weeks are expected to move into the “green” phase of few restrictions later this week.
Bucks County’s drop in new cases mirrored the trend across Pennsylvania in recent days. Monday’s new-case count of 473 was the lowest statewide number in two months. In today’s announcement, the number of new cases dropped to 451.
Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine called the numbers “very good news,” for a state in which there have been 68,637 infections reported since the pandemic began.
“This is especially encouraging, considering that we have increased our testing capabilities,” Levine said.
According to Gov. Wolf, testing has increased from 50,000 in the last week of April to almost 80,000 in the last week.
Of the 103 new Bucks County cases since Friday, 26 are long-term care residents, 18 were infected by household members, 17 were attributed to pure community spread, 10 were associated with healthcare workplaces, eight were infected working other jobs, three were long-term care workers and 21 were not able to be interviewed immediately.
A total of 105 patients are hospitalized, 23 of whom are in critical condition and on ventilators.
Yeah I feel bad for our seniors. You only get one senior spring…the funnest most carefree 3 months of your life. Wolf is weak sister, follower. No leadership. And don’t forget the juniors. Jr year is when the most important learning and preparation for the next phase of their life occurs. All wasted because of our gullible weak policy makers
Yeah you people sound dumb. Even us TEENAGERS know that it’s a terrible time to open back up the county. NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE GRADUATION. WE HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT!!!!!! I’m a sophomore at New Hope -Solebury, still learning online, currently WORKING IN TOWN!!!!!! I am doing fine, thank you for asking. Now. STOP BEING SO IGNORANT!!! Thank you for your time 🙂
I wonder, how many of the new cases and even the previous reported cases were and are attributed to students who are seniors in high school? You know which students I mean, the ones who will not have a Real graduation nor a Real senior prom because of Governor Wolf’s philosophy of “Haste makes waste”. What’s the matter, there isn’t enough room for social distancing on high school athletic fields which are 120 yards by 60 yards with a seating capacity in the stands for 5,000 people in some stadiums? And as far as a prom, likewise, the field is large enough.
Our children’s children will be astounded at the stupidity of policy makers in 2020. I’m an optimist in that I assume political and media norms will become less destructive in my lifetime.