2021 | Coronavirus

About 3.5% of Montgomery County residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19

State confirms new strain of virus

About 3.5% of Montgomery County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

On Wednesday, providers in the county administered 510 second doses of a vaccine and 1,906 first doses. In total, 115,677 people have received one dose of the vaccine and 37,184 people have received both doses.

Across Maryland, 670,922 people (11.1%) have received the first dose of a vaccine and 265,585 (4.4%) have received both doses.

County-run testing and vaccination sites were to be closed on Thursday due to inclement weather.

On Wednesday, 143 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Montgomery County. There have been 62,085 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.

Eleven new confirmed deaths were reported, raising the county’s total to 1,348.

There have been an additional 45 “probable” deaths, meaning the coronavirus is listed as the cause of death but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.

Across the state, there have been 373,966 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,479 confirmed deaths.

On Wednesday evening, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that a new variant of the virus had been detected in Maryland.

The P.1 variant, known as the Brazil variant, was confirmed in a patient older than 65 from the National Capital Region who recently died after traveling abroad, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

More information about the person was not provided.

The news release said “scientists are working rapidly to learn more” about the variant and it is unknown whether it causes more severe illness than the first strain.