Montgomery County established a number of public health criteria with associated goals to guide the reopening of businesses and services amidst the pandemic. The information is updated daily on the County’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard. The values or metrics are grouped into three categories including the number of cases and deaths, hospital capacity to handle current and potential surge cases, and testing capacity.
Each day during the current phase of reopening, the county indicates whether a metric was met or showed improvement. Friday the metrics for acute care bed utilization rate and number of new cases did not show improvement. The county has set a goal of 70% or less acute care bed utilization rate. Thursday the three-day average is 72%. The county hopes to see a sustained decrease of new cases, Friday the three day average for new cases was 113.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Metrics by Day in Reopening Phase 2 updated July 31. (Click to enlarge.)
Friday is the 42nd day of the second phase of reopening for Montgomery County. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 17,568 confirmed cases of COVID-19 resulting in 750 deaths in Montgomery County, based on numbers released by the Maryland Department of Health Friday morning. County Executive Elrich and Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles met with the media Thursday and made it clear that Montgomery County is not moving to the third phase of reopening at this time.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Dashboard as of Friday, July 31 (click on photo to enlarge):
Montgomery County COVID-19 Dashboard as of Thursday, July 30 (click on photo to enlarge):