Maryland, Montgomery Record Second-Highest Number of New COVID-19 Cases

Montgomery County COVID-19 Statistics

The Maryland Department of Health reported 544 new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County Thursday morning. This is the second-highest number of new cases since the pandemic began; 631 new cases were recorded on Dec. 4.  The county’s cumulative case count is 37,738.

The county has a rate of 6.15% for positive COVID-19 tests, which is an increase of 0.09 from Wednesday’s rate of 6.06%. The county’s positivity rate is lower than in 19 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions.

Montgomery County recorded two new coronavirus-related fatalities Thursday, bringing the death toll to 958.

Montgomery County leads the state in total COVID-19 related fatalities; Prince George’s County has 947 fatalities and the most coronavirus cases in the state with 45,871 cases.


County and state health officials are monitoring the surge in COVID-19 cases closely.

Gov. Larry Hogan will hold a coronavirus news conference Thursday at 3 p.m. that will be streamed live on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube. Earlier on Tuesday, Hogan announced the state may begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines next week. Healthcare and nursing home workers, as well as nursing home residents, will be the first in the state to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich proposed new restrictions that would take effect Tuesday, Dec. 15. The restrictions include prohibiting dining indoors at restaurants.

During Tuesday’s Council meeting, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard told the council that many county hospitals are concerned about meeting staffing needs.

Maryland COVID-19 Statistics

Thursday the state recorded 3,202 new infections. This is the second-highest number of new cases since the pandemic began; the highest was  on Dec. 4 when 3,792 new cases were recorded. This is the 36th consecutive day the state recorded more than a thousand new cases. The state’s cumulative case count is 225,855.

COVID-19 related hospitalizations continue to climb. On Thursday, the state reported 1,720 patients were hospitalized across the state with the virus. This is the highest number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Thursday the state recorded 49 newly reported deaths, bringing the state death toll to 4,850.

The state reported a rate of 7.71% for positive COVID-19 tests Thursday. This is a decrease of 0.03 from Wednesday’s rate of 7.74%.

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