Montgomery and Maryland Report Record High Daily COVID-19 Cases Friday

Montgomery County COVID-19 Statistics

The Maryland Department of Health reported 631 new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County Friday morning, setting a record high for a single-day increase in cases. The county’s cumulative case count is 35,056. The number of daily new cases has been above 100 since Oct. 20.

The county has a rolling seven-day average of 6.18% for positive COVID-19 tests, which is an increase of 0.30 from Thursday’s average rate of 5.88%. The county’s positivity rate is lower than in 20 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions.

Montgomery County recorded five new coronavirus-related fatalities Friday, bringing the death toll to 933.

Montgomery County leads the state in total COVID-19 related fatalities; Prince George’s County has 923 fatalities and the most coronavirus cases in the state with 43,000 cases.

County and state health officials are monitoring the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations closely and taking actions to protect public health.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced at Tuesday’s coronavirus news conference┬áthat all hospitals must submit a surge plan to the state by Dec. 8. The plan must include strategies to implement additional beds and surge staffing.

County Executive Marc Elrich, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles and Emergency Management Director Dr. Earl Stoddard held their weekly media COVID-19 briefing Wednesday afternoon. It is clear officials are considering further restrictions to combat the surge the county has in cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19.

Maryland COVID-19 Statistics

Friday the state recorded a record high 3,792 new infections since Thursday. This is the 31st consecutive day the state recorded more than a thousand new cases in one day. The state’s cumulative case count is 209,191.

COVID-19 related hospitalizations continue to climb. On Friday, the state reported 1,594 patients were hospitalized across the state with the virus.

Thursday the state recorded 24 newly reported deaths, bringing the state death toll to 4,630.

The state reported a rolling seven-day average of 8% for positive COVID-19 tests Friday. This is an increase of 0.32 from Thursday’s rate of 7.68%.

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