COVID-19 hospitalizations have been decreasing this week in Montgomery County, following an uptick at the beginning of April.
As of Wednesday, 7.5% of hospital inpatient beds in the county were occupied by COVID-19 patients, compared to 9.3% four days earlier.
On Jan. 10, nearly a quarter of hospital inpatient beds in the county were occupied by COVID-19 patients. Since then, hospitalizations have declined steadily, falling to 6.9% on April 2.
There had been a more recent gradual rise in the hospitalization rate to more than 9% during the first week of this month.
Montgomery County added 136 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and has had 68,623 cases since the pandemic started.
The county added two confirmed fatalities from the virus on Friday, bringing the death toll to 1,451 since the beginning of the pandemic.
There have been an additional 46 “probable” deaths, meaning the coronavirus is listed as the cause, but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.
As of Thursday, 275,701 (26.2%) of county residents were fully vaccinated and 458,671 (43.6%) were partially vaccinated, according to county data.
As of Friday, Maryland has had 433,359 cases of COVID-19 and 8,342 confirmed deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.