2020 | Coronavirus

New COVID-19 cases in county have nearly tripled in last month

302 new cases reported Saturday morning

The average number of new COVID-19 cases per day in Montgomery County has nearly tripled over the past month.

On Saturday, Montgomery County reported 302 new confirmed cases. The average number of cases reported each of the past 10 days is 304.

During the same timeframe a month ago, the average number of cases reported each day was 106.

In total, Montgomery County has had 30,882 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Maryland State Department of Health reports 887 county residents have died of the virus, an increase of six from Friday. There have been an additional 42 “probable” deaths, meaning coronavirus is listed as the cause of death, but it was not confirmed by a laboratory test.

The county’s test positivity rate on Saturday rose to 5.6%, more than double the rate a month ago.

The rate is based on the average percentage of positive tests for the virus in the past 14 days.

Across Maryland, 2,885 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday, bringing the total to 179,971. There have been 4,261 deaths statewide.

The state’s test positivity rate is 7.13%.