32-Year-Old Bucks Man, Otherwise Healthy, Died From Coronavirus

BUCKS COUNTY, PA — A 32-year-old man from Bucks County has died with the coronavirus, health officials announced.

The death happened outside the county two weeks ago, but was just reported to local health officials, who announced the death late Thursday. The man had no preexisting health problems, according to the Bucks County Department of Health.

He died on Aug. 13 and had been hospitalized outside the county since mid-July, health officials said.

In all, 519 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus in Bucks County. Of those, 411 were residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.

The death mars what was otherwise a largely positive update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Bucks County. Over the past three days, the rate of new infections held steady at what health officials call a low baseline number.

New cases averaged 23 per day, with 19 new cases reported both Tuesday and Wednesday and 32 reported on Thursday. Of the 70 new cases, eight were delayed reports of case that are no longer considered to be infectious.

Twenty-two of the new cases were from household contacts, 12 were attributed to community spread, six were people infected out of state, four are residents or workers at long-term care facilities, three are healthcare workers, two were infected at other workplaces and 21 did not immediately complete full interviews.

Bucks County now has reported 7,231 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The median age of those who have gotten sick is 51 and the median age of death is 84.

On Thursday, 15 people in Bucks County were hospitalized with the virus, with two of them in critical condition and on ventilators.

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