A shrinking number of new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday, according to Bucks County officials.
The county reported 31 new cases, down from just weeks ago, and 9 additional deaths of COVID-19 patients, bringing the case total to 4,699 and deaths to 445 since the pandemic began.
Two of the deaths were reported on Wednesday and the other happened between a week and month before but were just reported to county health officials. All of the Bucks Countians who died were residents of long-term care centers and all had underlying health conditions.
Among the 31 new infections reported Wednesday, seven were due to community spread, seven were residents or employees of long-term care centers, five caught the virus through household contacts, three were health care workers, three with other nonessential workplaces, and one was an inmate at the county correctional facility. Contact tracers were unable to get in touch with the remainder of the patients.
As of Wednesday evening, 97 residents with COVID-19 were in local hospitals and 20 were in critical condition on ventilators.
A total of 1,492 people with COVID-19 cases have recovered.