About 6% of Montgomery County’s hospital beds are being used for COVID-19 patients.
The rate has steadily decreased since Jan. 11, when about 25% of hospital beds were occupied by coronavirus patients.
The rate as of Tuesday morning was 5.9%, which is considered an indicator of “moderate risk of transmission.”
That rate is the only data tracked by the county Department of Health to measure the severity of the pandemic that is not considered “low” or “very low.”
The other data are:
• Percentage of intensive care unit hospital beds in use: 68.7% (low risk)
• Percentage of total inpatient beds in use: 69.5% (low risk)
• Percent change in new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, compared to the prior seven days: -40% (very low risk)
• Test positivity rate: 1.8% (very low risk)
• Case rate per 100,000 people: 4.0 (low risk)
On Tuesday, 41 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Montgomery County. There have been 70,298 cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
No new confirmed COVID-19 deaths were reported. In total, 1,483 Montgomery County residents have died of COVID-19.
There have been an additional 46 “probable” deaths, meaning COVID-19 is listed as the cause, but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test. A “probable” death has not been reported in the county since March.
In Maryland, there have been 453,800 cases and 8,678 confirmed deaths.