COVID-19 cases continued to tick up in Montgomery County on Saturday, as the county reported 98 new cases— the highest total in over three months.
The last time the county reported a daily count as high was April 29, when 111 new cases were reported.
Saturday also marks the second consecutive day with 75 or more new cases. That number is significant because health officials recommended on Friday that the county reimplement an indoor mask mandate if there are 75 or more coronavirus cases daily during a 7-day period, or a total of 525 cases.
The County Council, sitting as the Board of Health, is scheduled to meet on Thursday and may vote on reimplementing that policy.
Earl Stoddard, acting assistant chief administrative officer for the county, told Bethesda Beat on Friday that although the county’s vaccination rates are high, health officials were making the recommendation because hundreds of thousands of residents are still not vaccinated, and children are set to return to school this fall. Children under 12 are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine.
According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 77.7% of county residents have received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 70.7% are fully vaccinated.