Montgomery County moved up to the COVID-19 medium community level status. It had been in low for awhile.
As the numbers increase due to the BA2 variant, the Montgomery Department of Health and Human Services ask residents to wear masks in crowded public places, especially if they have a chronic illness or are immunocompromised. The department also advises everyone who is eligible to become vaccinated.
On May 7, the county recorded 498 new cases and 216.4 cases per 100,000 county residents during the previous seven days. On March 15, there were 32 cases per 100,000 residents during the previous seven days.
The county is in moderate transmission for number of positive tests. As of May 6, the seven day average was 5.58% of reported cases being positive. On March 28, the positivity rate was 1.24%
The county also is in the medium level for number of hospital beds with COVID-19 patients during the previous seven days since May 8. That rate was 3.8% per 100,000 residents. It also ranks in the medium level for hospital admissions during the previous seven days since May 8. That rate was 3%.
Only 63.4% of the area hospital beds are in use, which is considered in the low utilization level. Also in the low level are the percentage of intensive care beds in use. That rate is 58.7%.
Only 3% of those hospital beds in use are occupied by patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis.
There have been a total of 175,342 cases and 1,986 deaths reported in Montgomery County.
As we see an uptick in #COVID19 cases due to the BA2 variant, we should continue to mask in crowded public spaces, esp. if you have chronic illness or are immunocompromised. Test to Treat sites lessen load on hospitals. ➡️ https://t.co/qu6dv2Rukv pic.twitter.com/SlTeIWyT6P
— Montgomery County DHHS (@MoCoDHHS) May 9, 2022
There is a clear link between being vaccinated & the reduced impact of severe #COVID19 symptoms. The bottom line is that vaccines work. Don’t delay getting this extra protection if you still need & are eligible for your booster!
— Montgomery County DHHS (@MoCoDHHS) May 7, 2022