Montgomery County’s average test positivity rate for COVID-19 has more than doubled in the past month, reaching 5.1% on Wednesday.
The county’s test positivity rate was 2.4% on Oct. 18, according to the county’s data dashboard. The rate is based on the average percentage of positive tests for the virus in the past 14 days.
The county’s test positivity rate was at its highest in late April, when the 14-day average was at 31.9%.
However, this was at the beginning of the pandemic, with significantly less testing capacity. Those receiving tests needed a referral from a physician first.
Maryland had a test positivity rate of 7.17% as of Friday morning.
Montgomery County recorded 282 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing its total to 30,580 — a 0.93% increase from Thursday. The county has added 200 or more cases on 12 days this month after having not reached that threshold for five months.
The county recorded three confirmed deaths from the virus on Friday, bringing its total to 881, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
There also have been 41 “probable” deaths in the county, meaning COVID-19 is listed as the cause of death, but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.
Across Maryland on Friday, there have 177,086 cases of COVID-19, a 1.35% increase from Thursday. There have been 4,245 confirmed deaths statewide.