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Bucks County Coronavirus Summary for September 29


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This guide with interactive tables, charts and maps illustrates the current status of COVID-19 in Bucks County. These data are updated daily.

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Coronavirus cases average 42,275 cases per day across the country

At least 344 new coronavirus deaths and 37,262 new cases were reported in the United States on Sept. 28. Over the past week, there have been an average of 42,275 cases per day, an increase of 15 percent from the average two weeks earlier.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 7,176,500 people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 204,900 have died, according to a New York Times database.

PA Department of Health provides update on COVID-19 – 988 new positives bring statewide total to 157,814

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of noon, September 29, that there were 988 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 157,814. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 8,123 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 16 new deaths reported.
Centre County is reporting an increase of 103 cases.
The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between September 22 and September 28 is 190,042 with 6,014 positive cases. There were 23,040 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., September 28. These results represent the total number of tests administered.
There are 442 cases who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 646 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.
There are 1,866.761 patients who have tested negative to date.
Currently, all 67 counties are in the green phase of reopening.

Numbers by county

  • Bucks County: 8,849 cases and 607 deaths
  • Chester County: 6,887 cases and 366 deaths
  • Delaware County: 11,482 cases and 756 deaths
  • Lehigh County: 5,669 cases and 353 deaths
    • Lehigh County: reported 5,637 cases Sept. 28, Incorrectly reported as 5,537
  • Montgomery County: 12,258 cases and 878 deaths
  • Northampton County: 4,513 cases and 305 deaths
  • Philadelphia: 31,734 cases and 1,824 deaths

Data Dashboard: County-specific information and a statewide map >>

Department of Health shares weekly update on COVID-19 investigations, contact tracing, monitoring efforts

The Department of Health today shared its weekly update on Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing data.
Contact tracing is the process of identifying, notifying, and monitoring anyone who came in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 while they were infectious. The contact tracing process is not possible without a case investigation by a public health professional. Case investigators make the initial call to those with positive COVID-19 test results.
During the case investigation, public health professionals spend 30 to 60 minutes asking questions to ensure all potential close contacts are identified. They collect information about who the case came in contact with and where they went while they were infectious. Information collected during the case investigation process is not shared publicly unless doing so would help the department in its efforts to stop the spread on a broader scale. Between Sunday, September 12 and Saturday, September 19, there were 5,747 COVID-19 cases statewide and 55 percent of all cases had a case investigation started within 24 hours of receiving the positive report.
After the initial case investigation is complete, contact tracing begins. Within the same time period of September 12 to September 19, there were 1,303 contact tracing staff working with local and county health entities, partner organizations and the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program within the Department of Human Services. Currently 290 paid employees are being onboarded through a partnership with Insight Global.
Of the current 1,303 contact tracers there are 67 volunteers, 10 care resource managers, and 20 contact tracing supervisors. These staff monitored 8,927 contacts that were identified during the case investigations.
As of the August 2020 report released August 14, there were 1,032 contact tracing staff in operation with the following breakdown in each regional health district in Pennsylvania:
  • Northcentral: 32 contact tracing staff
  • Northeast: 114 contact tracing staff
  • Northwest: 52 contact tracing staff
  • Southcentral: 62 contact tracing staff
  • Southeast: 408 contact tracing staff
  • Southwest: 74 contact tracing staff