The chart shows the daily average of new COVID-19 cases in the county, a week at a time. Credit: Chart by Karilyn Mason

COVID-19 patients are filling about 14% percent of the hospital inpatient beds in Montgomery County.

According to the county’s data dashboard, which tracks certain conditions of the health crisis, the percentage indicates a high risk of transmission in the community.

But the hospital bed percentage has been steadily dropping since Jan. 10, when 25% of the hospital inpatient beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients.

The percentage reached its highest at 39% on May 7.

The latest figures are from Wednesday afternoon, when they were last updated.

Including patients hospitalized for other reasons, 77% of the total hospital inpatient beds in the county are occupied.

The county’s intensive-care unit beds are 76% filled.

On Thursday morning, 129 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the county, bringing its total to 62,896.

The number of confirmed deaths from the virus increased by nine overnight. The county’s confirmed death toll is now at 1,363.

There have been 45 “probable” deaths from the virus. “Probable” deaths have the coronavirus listed as the cause on certificates but have not been confirmed by laboratory tests yet.

The county has administered 137,353 first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to about 13% of the jurisdiction’s population.

Across the state, the number of cases increased by 976 cases, for a new total of 379,466.

There have been 7,623 people confirmed to have died from the coronavirus in Maryland. More than 950 people are currently hospitalized with the virus.