Montgomery County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has continued to increase steadily this month, along with the sharp increase in cases and deaths from the virus.
On Saturday, the county’s two-week average test positivity rate was 6.3%, compared to a two-week average rate of 5.2% on Dec. 1.
Montgomery County’s positivity rate consistently has been between 2% and 3% for much of September and October, before beginning to rise in November.
The rise in positive tests of COVID-19 in the county through the first two weeks of December has been accompanied by some of the largest daily increases in cases seen during the pandemic.
On Monday the county added 405 new cases of the virus, bringing its total to 39,721 — an increase of 1.03% overnight. The county has added more than 400 cases on all but three days this month.
Montgomery County added two confirmed deaths from the virus on Monday, bringing its total to 980. There have been an additional 44 “probable” deaths, meaning coronavirus is listed as the cause of death, but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.
Across Maryland on Monday, there had been 236,961 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 0.99% from Sunday. There have been 4,978 confirmed deaths statewide.
On Monday, Maryland’s positivity rate was higher than Montgomery County’s, at 7.46%.