With 18 COVID-19 deaths reported in Montgomery County, June was the least deadly month for the virus since March 2020, when there were two deaths recorded.
As the number of people vaccinated against the virus continues to rise, the county has seen its number of new cases and deaths slow in recent months.
The 18 new deaths in June brought the county’s total to 1,572 since the start of the pandemic. The number of deaths per month was at its highest in May 2020, when 336 deaths were reported. Between July 2020 and November 2020, there were fewer than 100 new deaths per month, but the monthly totals were higher in December (163), January (194) and February (101).
There were 59 new deaths in March, 46 in April and 78 in May. Through the first three days of July, there have been two new COVID-19 deaths reported in the county.
There was an average of about nine new cases of the virus each day in June. There have been fewer than 30 new cases reported every day since May 31.
In total, there have been 71,225 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County as of Saturday.
According to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, 67.1% of residents (705,042) have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 60.9% (639,789) are fully vaccinated.
The county’s case rate per 100,000 people was 1.0 as of Saturday morning, and the test positivity rate was 0.4%.
Less than 1% of the county’s hospital beds were utilized by COVID-19 patients, according to the county Department of Health and Human Services.