With Montgomery County getting ready to relax most COVID-19 restrictions, the evidence continues to mount that the virus is in retreat in the area. The latest: For the first time since March 2020, the county has gone 10 straight days with 50 or fewer cases reported.
Thirty-two new cases were added to the county’s case count on Saturday, bringing the total to 70,677 since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
The county announced on Monday it was entering phase two of its three-stage reopening plan, which occurred when 60% of the county’s population received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
The county is scheduled to enter the final phase of its reopening plan on Friday at 6 a.m. That means most county businesses and operations can fully open, but mask wearing will still be required indoors for unvaccinated people. Businesses, as private entities, can also enforce their own restrictions or mask-wearing rules.
One death caused by the coronavirus was reported Saturday. There have been 1,494 COVID-relate deaths in the county.
There have also been 46 “probable deaths,” meaning the coronavirus is listed as the cause but has not been confirmed through a laboratory test.
As of Saturday, there have been 458,048 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 8,799 confirmed deaths statewide.
According to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, 635,477 county residents have received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, or 60.5% of the population. The number of residents that are fully vaccinated is 518,039, or 49.3% of the population.