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Bucks County COVID-19 Deaths Reach 80; Total Cases Approach 1,800

April 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

Three more elderly Bucks County residents with COVID-19 have died, the county health department announced today, bringing the death toll here to 80.

All three of those who died – a 92-year-old woman and two men ages 84 and 67 – resided at long-term care facilities. Of Bucks County’s coronavirus-related fatalities, 40 – exactly half of the total – have resided in such facilities.

The new deaths added to what has been by far Bucks County’s deadliest week of the pandemic. Forty-five COVID-19-related deaths were reported this week, or 56 percent of the county’s total.

“This is the first full week where we are seeing the consequences of the coronavirus moving into the places where we did not want it to go, and that is the nursing homes,” said Bucks County Health Director Dr. David Damsker: “These are our most vulnerable people, and sadly it has taken a severe toll on them.”

The average age of those infected in Bucks is 53; the average age of those who have died is 80.

The county reported 109 new positive cases today, pushing the total to 1,797. It was the second straight day the county has reported more than 100 new cases.

Damsker said the higher numbers are more a reflection of higher percentages of positive results than of a greater number of tests being administered.

“The number of people who are getting tested is not greater, but the positive rate is higher because we are focusing the testing on the people who have the highest risk,” Damsker said, adding that up to 75 percent of those now testing positive are healthcare providers or residents of long-term care facilities.

Statewide, 462 of Pennsylvania’s 836 coronavirus-related deaths, or 55 percent, have been among residents of nursing homes or personal care facilities, Health Secretary Rachel Levine said today.

The state’s total of COVID-19 cases rose to 31,069 with 1,628 new cases reported today. There were 80 new deaths reported today in Pennsylvania.

“We know that testing is critical to our efforts to determine how many Pennsylvanians have COVID-19,” Levine said. “And we know, as I’ve stated before, that our daily data is an undercount of our positivity rate.”

Bucks County has 148 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 26 are in critical condition and on ventilators. A total of 373 are known to have recovered and have been released from isolation.  

Statistics, charts and other coronavirus-related information can be found on the county’s data portal: https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com

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