2021 | Coronavirus

72 COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday in Montgomery County, smallest increase since mid-October

Health officer says fewer people getting tested

Seventy-two new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday in Montgomery County, the smallest single-day increase since mid-October.

On Oct. 19, the county added 71 new cases. After that, the number of new cases per day consistently surpassed 100, then rose to multiple hundreds.

It took months — until early March — before the number frequently fell below 100 again.

On March 16, 77 new cases were reported, the closest to Tuesday’s figure.

During a Montgomery County Council meeting Tuesday morning, Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said there have been fewer people taking COVID-19 tests recently. He said he worries there is a “hidden trove of asymptomatic” people in the community and urged residents to take a test.

Specific data were not provided, and the number of COVID-19 tests administered per day by county is not disclosed on online dashboards maintained by either the state or county departments of health.

In total, Montgomery County has reported 67,375 cases of the coronavirus.

Three new confirmed COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Tuesday. There have been 1,438 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic.

There have been an additional 46 “probable” deaths, meaning COVID-19 is listed as the cause of death, but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.

Across Maryland, there have been 419,055 cases and 8,177 confirmed deaths.

About 35.3% (371,380) of Montgomery County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. About 19.7% (207,390) are fully vaccinated.

In Maryland, about 1.9 million people (31.3%) are partially vaccinated, and about 1.1 million (19%) are fully vaccinated.