Montgomery County on Thursday reported a daily increase of 177 COVID-19 cases, the ninth consecutive day of 150 or more new cases.
Thursday’s new cases bring the county’s total to 28,146. More than 100 cases have been reported daily since Oct. 21.
Two new deaths were reported on Thursday. The death toll in Montgomery County is 860 people. There have been an additional 41 “probable” deaths, meaning the coronavirus is listed as the cause of death, but was not confirmed by a laboratory test.
Across Maryland, 1,477 new cases were reported Thursday. There have been 159,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,112 deaths.
The statewide test positivity rate on Thursday was 5.6%. Montgomery County’s test positivity rate was 4.3%.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Thursday to “discuss additional investments and initiatives to protect the health and safety of Marylanders.”
Earlier this week, Hogan announced restaurants and businesses across the state must reduce their indoor capacity from 75% to 50%. He also reinstated stricter guidelines for the number of people who can gather in one place.
On the same day, the Montgomery County Council voted to cut local retail and restaurant capacity to 25%.