2020 | Coronavirus

County reports smallest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in two weeks

Death toll rises to 905

After 15 consecutive days reporting 200 or more new cases of COVID-19, Montgomery County on Saturday reported 189 cases.

The new cases bring the county’s total to 32,790 since the pandemic began in mid-March. One new death was reported Saturday, increasing the death toll to 905.

Thursday and Friday had higher totals of new cases in the county. There were 254 cases reported Thursday and 342 on Friday. Three deaths were reported Thursday and five on Friday.

There have been 42 “probable” deaths from the virus in the county. “Probable” deaths have the coronavirus listed as the cause of death on certificates but have not been confirmed by laboratory tests.

The county’s case rate per 100,000 people was 27.5 as of Saturday, down from 29.8 one week ago, which was the highest level of the pandemic.

About 17% of the county’s hospital beds are occupied by people with the coronavirus, according to data from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

Across Maryland, there have been 194,448 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday morning, an increase of 1,590 from Friday. Thirty-three new deaths were reported statewide on Saturday, bringing the total to 4,447.