Montgomery County’s COVID-19 test positivity rate on Thursday hit its lowest point since Nov. 11.
The 14-day average test positivity on Thursday was 4%, down from 8% in early January. The rate on Nov. 11 was 3.9%.
A positivity rate less than 5% is considered a “low risk of transmission” of the virus, according to an online data dashboard compiled by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.
The county’s case rate per 100,000 people also continued its rapid decline on Thursday, hitting 12.6 cases per 100,000 people. The rate peaked at 49.8 on Jan. 12.
Other COVID-19 data tracked by the county’s online dashboard show:
• The percent change in new cases per 100,000 people compared to the previous week: down 32.9%, very low risk of transmission
• Percentage of hospital inpatient beds occupied: 75.3%, low risk of transmission
• Percentage of intensive care unit beds in use: 72%, low risk of transmission
• Percentage of hospital inpatient beds occupied by patients with COVID-19: 12.8%, high risk of transmission.
Montgomery County reported 149 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, its highest one-day increase in the past week. The county has had 62,234 confirmed cases of the coronavirus during the pandemic.
Two new confirmed deaths were reported on Friday, for a new total of 1,350.
There have been an additional 45 “probable” deaths, meaning the coronavirus is listed as the cause of death, but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.
Across Maryland, there have been 374,974 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,495 confirmed deaths.