2020 | Coronavirus

Montgomery County reports second-largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since pandemic began

County total is 33,905 cases; the state has had more than 200,000

Montgomery County on Tuesday added 505 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 — its second-largest daily increase in new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March.

With the 1.5% increase in cases in one day, the county has now had a total of 33,905.

The largest one-day increase of the pandemic came May 19, when 533 cases were reported.

The county’s average number of additional cases each day has been rising in recent weeks.

Near the end of October, the county averaged 99 new cases a day for a one-week period. That increase had jumped to nearly 308 near the end of November.

Six new deaths were also reported on Tuesday morning, raising the death toll to 918 Montgomery County residents, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health.

There have been an additional 42 “probable deaths.” “Probable” deaths have the coronavirus listed as the cause of death on certificates, but have not been confirmed by laboratory tests yet.

Statewide, cases increased on Tuesday by 2,765 — or about 1.2% — from the day prior. The state has now had 201,135 confirmed cases of the virus.

The statewide test positivity rate eclipsed 7% on Tuesday, and the number of people currently hospitalized increased by 56, to 1,583 people.