On Friday, County Reports 40 New COVID-19 Cases, 5 Deaths – LevittownNow.com

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On Friday, Bucks County reported five deaths of COVID-19 patients and 40 new cases.

The five death happened within the past six days and were reported on Friday. Those who died ranged in age from 63 to 98. All had underlying conditions, and all but one were residents of long-term care centers.

Of the 40 new COVID-19 cases, 12 were through household contacts, 11 were residents or staff at long-term care facilities, three were spread in health care settings, three were community spread, and two were tied to essential workplaces. Contact tracers were unable to reach nine of the patients.

Bucks County Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker said Friday’s case total was the largest total in a week, but he noted some labs deliver larger batches of test results on Fridays and Mondays.

“Regardless of today’s slight increase, we expect to see the overall trend downward to continue,” Damsker said.

The county is set to move from the “red” phase to the “yellow” phase under the governor’s reopening plan.

As of Friday night, 90 Bucks County COVID-19 patients remained in the hospital and 20 were in critical condition on ventilators.

So far, the county has reported 4,754 COVID-19 cases, 451 deaths, and 1,556 recoveries.

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