Montgomery County on Wednesday reported 96 new cases of COVID-19, the seventh consecutive day with fewer than 100 cases.
There have been 12 days in April with fewer than 100 cases reported. On April 19, there were 23 new cases, the smallest daily increase in more than a year.
In total, there have been 69,624 cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County since the beginning of the pandemic.
Three new confirmed deaths were also recorded on Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,475. Montgomery County, the most populous county in the state, has had more COVID-19 deaths than any other Maryland jurisdiction.
Across the state, there have been 445,493 coronavirus cases and 8,521 confirmed deaths from the virus. On Wednesday, there were 1,093 people hospitalized with COVID-19.
About 51.2% of Montgomery County residents (537,650) are partially vaccinated against the virus and 34.2% (358,906) are fully vaccinated.
Because more than 50% of residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, the county moved into the first phase of its new three-phase reopening plan on Tuesday.
The first two phases are based on 50% and 60% of the population getting a first vaccine dose. The third phase is based on 50% of the population being fully vaccinated.
At each new phase, more restrictions on gatherings and events will be lifted.
In Maryland, about 42.7% of residents (2.6 million) have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 31.5% (1.9 million) are fully vaccinated.