2021 | Coronavirus

Montgomery County’s COVID-19 case rate dropping, still considered ‘very high’

400 new cases reported Monday

Montgomery County’s COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 people has dropped significantly over the past two weeks.

On Jan. 12, the case rate reached its highest level of the pandemic, at 49.8 cases per 100,000 people. The rate has dropped sharply in the two weeks since, sitting at 33.8 as of Sunday afternoon.

The rate is a seven-day average of the number of new confirmed cases per 100,000 Montgomery County residents.

Still, the rate is considered an indicator of a “very high risk” of transmitting the virus, according to the county’s COVID-19 data dashboard.

About 82% of the county’s hospital beds were occupied as of Thursday, the most recent update to the data, which also was considered a “very high risk” of transmission.

About 20.2% of the beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients, considered a “moderate” risk.

Other metrics detailed in the county dashboard:
• 82.1% of intensive care beds in use: moderate risk
• 6.5% test positivity rate: moderate risk
• -21.6% percent change in new cases per 100,000 residents (comparing most recent and previous seven-day periods): very low risk.

On Monday, Montgomery County reported 400 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its total to 57,129 during the pandemic. Four additional confirmed deaths were reported, raising the county’s death toll to 1,235.

An additional 44 “probable” deaths have been reported. “Probable” deaths mean the coronavirus is listed as the cause of death but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.

Across Maryland, 343,138 cases of COVID-19 and 6,726 confirmed deaths have been reported.

As of Monday, there were 42,336 county residents who had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is 4% of the population.

A second dose has been administered to 4,733 people, which is 0.45% of the population.