BUCKS COUNTY, PA — The number of Bucks County residents hospitalized with the new coronavirus doubled on Wednesday from three to six — with four of those patients in critical condition.
Meanwhile, Bucks County posted its largest single-day increase in the number of cases of the virus, with that number jumping from 85 to 110.
Bucks County Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker said that of the four residents in critical condition, three of them are older adults with underlying health problems. Those three are in intensive care units, Damsker said.
The fourth, while not elderly, has a history of respiratory problems and other issues, he said.
Damsker said that most new patients the county is seeing still were infected before strict social distancing measures were imposed.
"We are still waiting for the effects of social distancing to be seen," he said.
As of Thursday morning, Bucks County had no deaths from COVID-19. Statewide, at least 15 Pennsylvanians have died from the virus.
Bucks County is one of the counties under a stay-at-home order from Gov. Tom Wolf. The order, which runs through April 6, was extended to two more counties on Wednesday — Lehigh and Northampton — bringing the total of counties under the order to 10.
The COVID-19 cases in Bucks County have now spread to 28 municipalities, including more in central and some in Upper Bucks. The first cases were confirmed Wednesday in Bedminster, Hilltown, Plumstead and Nockamixon townships and Telford Borough.
The county is maintaining an online map showing the municipality information.
Also Wednesday, the Ann's Choice retirement community in Warminster reported that an employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. No other cases have been reported among staff or residents and all residents have been instructed to stay in their homes for 14 days and self-monitor symptoms.
"Those who live and work on campus have been informed of this situation, and we are proceeding with the utmost caution," Ann’s Choice said in a written statement. "The safety and well-being of those on campus is our highest priority."