Montgomery County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has dipped despite a case rate that has typically exceeded 100 daily amid the spread of the Delta Variant.
As of Friday, the county’s Department of Health and Human Services was reporting a seven-day average positivity rate of 2.6%, down from 3.2% a week earlier. Montgomery County considers a positivity rate below 5% to be “low transmission.” The county has remained in this classification since February, after reaching a rate of greater than 8% in early January, which was considered “substantial.”
However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention factors both positivity rate and new cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days to calculate community transmission. Starting as of Monday, the CDC has classified Montgomery County as being a source of “substantial” risk of transmission. From Aug. 29 through Monday, the county had registered as “high” risk.
The county’s hospitalizations spiked in August before leveling off. As of Thursday, 8.7% of hospital beds in the county were occupied by COVID-19 patients. However, this is an increase from early July when less than 1% of hospital beds in the county were occupied by patients with the virus.
Montgomery County recorded 141 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and has had 77,406 since the pandemic began 18 months ago. The county has added more than 100 cases on all but five days since Aug. 5.
The county did not record any deaths from the virus on Saturday, and has had 1,610 since the pandemic started.
On Saturday, the CDC was reporting that 74.1% of Montgomery County’s population was fully vaccinated. Among those age 12 and older, 87.3% were fully vaccinated and 95% of those 65 or older were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
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