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COVID-19 cases increase among Bucks County children


Twenty-five children age 4 and under tested positive for COVID-19 in Bucks County between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s latest weekly update.
There have been 131 children between the ages of 5 and 18 who tested positive during the same time period, the state’s data shows.
Where children are being exposed to the virus is difficult to determine, officials said, noting that the source of infection could be through community spread, households/families or school and childcare facilities.
There were 635 positive cases in children reported to the county in the past month, according to the state’s health department statistics.
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered a mask mandate Aug. 31, requiring masks be worn in all schools, early learning centers and childcare facilities. The order took effect Sept. 7.

The Bucks County Department of Health’s data indicated a seven-day average of approximately 133 new daily cases between Sept. 5 and Sept. 13. That is slightly lower than the 135 new cases each day during the prior week.
At least 59 COVID-19 patients were being treated in Bucks County hospitals, as of Sept. 6, with 11 adult patients in the intensive care unit and eight on ventilators, according to the health department.
Vaccination rates are down in the county, from 5,693 last week to 4,263, as of Sept. 8, officials reported.
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