The percentage of Montgomery County hospital beds being used by COVID-19 patients has been higher than 20% for 32 days, and higher than 15% for 63 days.
Fifteen percent is considered the threshold for a “very high” risk of virus transmission, according to the county’s online data dashboard.
The rate has been above 15% since Nov. 18, and above 20% since Dec. 19.
The rate, as of Tuesday afternoon, was 22.2%.
On Wednesday, the county reported 368 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total to 55,203, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
Five additional confirmed deaths were reported, raising the county’s total to 1,201 people.
An additional 44 “probable” deaths have been reported. A “probable” death is one that has COVID-19 listed as the cause, but it was not confirmed with a laboratory test.
The state reported a total of 2,167 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. There have been 332,353 confirmed cases in Maryland since the pandemic began, and 6,514 confirmed deaths.
As of Wednesday morning, 32,902 people in Montgomery County had received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, equal to 3.13% of the population. There were 3,439 people who had received a second dose, which is 0.33% of the population.
Across Maryland, 251,29 people had received the first dose of the two-step vaccination, and 28,119 people had received a second dose.