2021 | Coronavirus

Montgomery County has averaged 35 new cases of COVID-19 a day in May

70,806 cases, 1,552 deaths in county since March 2020

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Montgomery County in May averaged about 35 new cases of COVID-19 per day.

The county has not reported more than 50 new cases per day since May 12.

In April, the average number of new cases per day was nearly triple at 103, and in March the average was 111 cases.

As of Saturday morning, there had been 70,806 cases of COVID-19 in the county and 1,552 confirmed deaths.

The Maryland Department of Health this week announced there were more than 500 coronavirus-related deaths statewide that had “not been properly classified” in the past year. When reclassified, about 50 new deaths were added in Montgomery County.

There have been an additional 50 “probable” deaths, meaning COVID-19 is listed as the cause but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.

As of Tuesday, all of the data the county uses to measure the severity of the pandemic were listed as indicating a “low risk” or “very low risk” of transmission for the first time. Many are at their lowest points of the pandemic.

The data, as of Saturday morning:

• COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 people: 2.0
• Test positivity rate: 1%
• Percent change in new cases per 100,000 people over the past week compared to the previous week: -29.1%
• Percentage of hospital beds occupied: 71.5%
• Percentage of intensive care unit beds occupied: 63.5%
• Percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 3.8%

About 69% of Montgomery County residents have been tested for COVID-19 at least once since March 2020, according to the state Department of Health.

In Maryland, there have been 459,528 cases of the coronavirus and 9,387 deaths since the pandemic started.

The state’s test positivity rate is 1.61% and case rate per 100,000 people is about 3.5.

As of Saturday morning, about 61.8% of Montgomery County residents (649,746) had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 51.6% (541,688) were fully vaccinated, according to the county’s Department of Health.

In Maryland, 69.6% of people (6.1 million) had received at least one dose of a vaccine and about 47.8% (2.9 million) were fully vaccinated, according to the state Department of Health.