COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County have risen consistently for the past month after a steady decline through the first six months of the year.
As of Friday, the county had a seven-day average of 3.5 cases per 100,000 residents, which is up from an average of 0.5 cases per 100,000 residents on June 24 – the lowest case average recorded in the county since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. The case rate had reached a high point of 49.8 cases per 100,000 people on Jan. 12.
The county had been reporting 15 or fewer cases of the virus each day during the month of June. But the numbers have increased this month, with 50 or more cases the last three days. The county added 51 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and has had 71,742 cases since the pandemic started.
The recent rise in cases in the county comes as the number of cases has increased across the country due to the spread of the Delta variant.
The rise in COVID-19 cases this month in the county has not been accompanied by a rise in deaths, as there have only been eight deaths from the virus in July. As of Saturday morning, 1,580 residents were confirmed to have died from the virus.
As of Thursday, 1.1% of hospital inpatient beds in the county were occupied with COVID-19 patients – an increase from 0.2% on July 1.
As of Friday, 70.2% of Montgomery County’s population was fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles said during a media briefing on Wednesday that nearly all new cases of COVID-19 in the county are among the unvaccinated, but there is “more evidence” of “breakthrough” cases among those who are vaccinated.