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Coronavirus PA: Bucks County sees 79 percent increase in COVID cases due to parties and get togethers – WPVI-TV

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Nov 10, 2020
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Pennsylvania has reported its highest daily positive case count since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – 4,361.

Tuesday’s numbers bring the statewide total to 238,657.

The department reported 62 new death. The total number of deaths in Pennsylvania attributed to COVID-19 stands at 9,086.

Throughout Bucks County, infections rose to unprecedented levels last week, and on Tuesday officials sounded the alarm as more cases were reported in any other week of the entire eight-month pandemic.

“Here we go again, but it’s maybe a little tougher this time,” said Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia

As of last week, the Bucks County Department of Health saw about 118 cases per day. That’s a 79% increase compared to the week before and 3.5 times higher than it was a month ago.

Officials say the anticipated fall spike of COVID cases is only exacerbated by Halloween parties, sports get-togethers and weddings.

“We believe the problem isn’t coming from businesses as much as it is people getting tired of wearing the masks and coming out of Halloween parties and other parties and things of that nature,” said Commissioner Robert Harvie. “We just need people to sort of buckle down and get through the next couple of months.”

Officials said they are concerned the community spread virus will find it’s way into long term care facilities.

“The cases are spiking, but the deaths are not going up and the hospitalizations are not going up, so the message continues to be please wear a mask all the time and please continue to social distance,” said Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo.

During the press conference Tuesday morning, officials announced a large PPE distribution. Thousands of N-95 masks, gloves and face shields were ordered to protect emergency responders and healthcare workers.

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There have been 6,311 new coronavirus cases over the past 48 hours. Cases are up more than 70% in the past two weeks, and the state now has an average of nearly 3,000 new cases per day, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

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He says, “We are Americans, and our country is under threat.”

The Democrat said Monday the act could slow the death toll in the COVID-19 pandemic, which he noted could climb by 200,000 more before a vaccine is widely available.

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It brought a big burst of optimism to a world desperate for the means to finally bring the catastrophic outbreak under control.

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