For the third time this month, Montgomery County on Tuesday reported fewer than 20 new cases of COVID-19, among the smallest daily increases of the pandemic.
Sixteen new cases were recorded on Tuesday, after 14 were reported on Monday.
There also were 14 new cases in the county on May 6.
Prior to this month, the last time there were fewer than 20 new cases reported in a day was in March 2020.
There have been 70,728 cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County and 1,497 county residents are confirmed to have died from the virus. No new confirmed deaths were reported on Tuesday.
There have been an additional 46 “probable” deaths, meaning COVID-19 is listed as the cause, but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.
In Maryland, there have been 458,680 cases of the virus and 8,838 confirmed COVID-19 deaths.
The state’s test positivity rate dropped below 2% — to 1.9% — for the first time during the pandemic.
The test positivity rate in Montgomery County has been below 2% since May 7. The rate was 1.3% as of Tuesday morning.