Montgomery County averaged 0.8 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents on Thursday and Friday. It is the first time since the pandemic started in March 2020 that the county’s case rate has been that low.
Prior to this month, the county last averaged fewer than one case per 100,000 residents on March 21, 2020, when the rate was also 0.8 cases per 100,000, according to data from the county’s Department of Health and Human Services.
The county’s case rate climbed steadily during the pandemic, to a peak of 49.8 cases per 100,00 residents on Jan. 12. It has fallen consistently since then. This month, the rate has fallen below 1 case per 100,000 residents three times: June 8 (0.9 cases per 100,00), June 17 (0.8 cases per 100,000) and June 18 (0.8 cases per 100,000).
Montgomery County recorded eight cases of the virus on Saturday, bringing the total to 71,097 cases since the pandemic started. The county has added fewer than 10 cases on 12 days this month.
The county has had 1,570 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 during the pandemic. No new deaths were recorded on Saturday.
As of Saturday morning, the county’s COVID-19 data dashboard showed:
- Test positivity rate: 0.4%
- Percent change in new cases per 100,000 people over the past week compared to the previous week: -25.3%
- Percentage of hospital beds occupied: 70.3%
- Percentage of intensive care unit beds occupied: 63.5%
- Percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients: 1.6%
As of Friday, 65.6% of county residents were partially vaccinated and 58.4% were fully vaccinated, according to county data. County officials have cited higher vaccination numbers during weekly briefings, which are based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.