Delaware County has seen a sharp increase in new coronavirus cases since June, writes Sarah Gantz for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Cases are rising throughout the Philadelphia region but Delaware County has the largest spike. On June 27 it averaged 15.7 new cases per day. As of Tuesday, the average is now 78.3, a 398 percent increase, an analysis of Pennsylvania Department of Health numbers shows.
Delaware County, Philadelphia and Allegheny counties all saw days with more than 100 new cases in recent weeks.
“We are concerned with what we have seen from Delaware County, amid a resurgence of cases in the southeast,” Nate Wardle, a spokesperson for the state Health Department, said in a statement. “As with most places across the state, we are seeing increases in COVID-19 cases because of community spread.”
Travel, particularly to beaches, and socializing without masks were the main causes of the increase, according to Jeanne Casner, director of the Chester County Health Department.
No specific incidents or events have been attributed to the increase, she said.
Residents ventured out more as businesses and restaurants reopened and vacations back on track.
Epidemiologists predicted cases would rise after the lockdowns.
Read more about Delaware County’s coronavirus case rise here.
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