The percentage of Montgomery County’s hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients has nearly tripled in the past month and is almost 10 times as high as two months ago – though it remains in the single digits.
As of Thursday, the most recent data available, 8.8% of the county’s hospital beds were being used by patients with COVID-19, compared with3.1% a month ago and 0.9% two months ago.
The rate is considered “moderate” utilization by the county health department, and is at its highest point since April 27.
The percentage of hospital beds used by COVID-19 patients was nearly 40% in May 2020, its highest point of the pandemic. It decreased steadily before peaking again at 27% in January.
The county does not report the raw numbers of COVID-19 patients in the hospital.
Montgomery County has reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 for 19 consecutive days. On average, there were 124 new cases recorded each day in August.
As of Friday, the county was reporting about 107 cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 people, considered a “high” rate of transmission by the CDC. This week is the first time the entire county has been deemed a high-transmission area since mid-February.
The percentage of tests that return a positive result remains low, at about 3.5% since mid-August.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 96% of all Montgomery County residents 12 or older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 87% are fully vaccinated. Ninety-nine percent of people older than 65 are partially vaccinated and about 95% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.