Montgomery County has had a COVID-19 test positivity rate of more than 7% for most of January, according to data from the county’s health department.
As of Friday, the county had a 14-day average positivity rate of 7.3%, up from 6.2% one month earlier.
The two-week average positivity rate was at 8% on Jan. 7, the highest it had been since June. (There was significantly less testing capacity during the early months of the pandemic.)
Montgomery County’s positivity rate is slightly less than that of Maryland, which has had a rate higher than 8% in recent days.
Montgomery County added 284 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing its total to 54,525 — an increase of 0.52%. This is the second time since Dec. 29 that the county had fewer than 300 new cases in a day.
The county added eight confirmed deaths from the virus on Monday, bringing its total to 1,190.
There have been an additional 44 “probable” deaths, meaning the coronavirus is listed as the cause of death, but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.
Montgomery County has had the most confirmed COVID-19 deaths of any jurisdiction in the state, and the second highest number of cases, after Prince George’s County.
Across Maryland as of Monday, there had been 328,214 cases of COVID-19, which was an overnight increase of 0.54%. There have been 6,423 confirmed deaths statewide.
Gov. Larry Hogan said last week that starting Monday, the state would be moving into Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations, which prioritizes residents age 75 and older, among others.
County officials said last week that it might take two or three weeks to move into the phase, depending on current dose supplies and the number of people in Phase 1A who need to be vaccinated.
As of Monday morning, 31,320 Montgomery County residents had received the first dose of the vaccine according to the Maryland Department of Health, equal to about 2.98% of the population. There were 2,712 people in the county who had received the second dose, which is about 0.26%.