The number of COVID-19 patients filling hospital beds in Montgomery County has been steadily decreasing since January.
As of Thursday, only 6.8% of the total number of hospital inpatient beds in the county were occupied by patients with the coronavirus.
The percentage has steadily dropped since the most recent peak of 24.9% on Jan. 10. The highest peak during the pandemic was 38.9% on May 7, 2020.
The county’s data dashboard, which records certain conditions of the health crisis, identifies the current 6.8% of hospital inpatient beds occupied by coronavirus patients as a “moderate risk of transmission.”
On Friday morning, the county reported 65 new known coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases the county has had to 70,154.
No new confirmed deaths from the virus were recorded, leaving the death toll at 1,479.
As of Thursday, 575,067 residents — or 54.7% of the county’s population — have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. There are 417,002 residents — or 39.7% of the population — who are fully vaccinated with a second dose or one-dose vaccine.
That data only includes county residents vaccinated within Maryland.
Across Maryland, cases increased by 768 for a total of 452,035 cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.
There have been 8,642 people who have died from the virus in the state. More than 850 are hospitalized .
In the state, more than 2,828,000 first doses of a vaccine have been administered. More than 2,219,000 residents are fully vaccinated with a second dose or one-dose vaccine.