The average number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Montgomery County has declined in the past month, going from a seven-day average of 105.26 on Sept. 1 to 80.99 on Friday.
The case rate reached an all-time high in January, with a seven-day average of nearly 350 cases per 100,000 at one point. The rate then gradually declined through the spring, reaching a low point of 3.81 cases per 100,000 on June 24.
However, the rate has crept up since then with the spread of the Delta variant.
Montgomery County added 121 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and has had 80,069 cases since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The county has added more than 100 cases most days for the past month, although there were six days in September in which there were fewer than 100.
The county has had 1,629 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic started. No new deaths were recorded on Saturday morning.
As of Thursday, 7.4% of hospital beds in Montgomery County were occupied by COVID-19 patients. The number has been relatively stable for the past couple of weeks.
Montgomery County’s positivity rate has been around 2% for the past month. The county’s Department of Health and Human Services considers a rate below 5% to be low transmission.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers both positivity rate and new cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days to calculate community transmission. As of Friday, the CDC considered Montgomery County to be in “substantial transmission.”
As of Friday, 75.7% of Montgomery County’s total population was fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. For people 12 and older, 89.2% were fully vaccinated and 96% of those 65 and older were fully vaccinated.