Montgomery County continues to see a moderate level of COVID-19 community transmission. As of Tuesday, the CDC reported Montgomery County has a rate of 48.54 new cases per 100,000 persons.
The next level of community transmission defined by the CDC is “substantial” which is defined as 50 to 99.99 total new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days. County officials expect the level to move into that range within the next few days.
Thursday, the Montgomery County Council will introduce, hold a virtual public hearing and vote on regulations that would be consistent with new CDC guidance and would require face masks in public indoor areas when the county reaches “substantial” COVID-19 transmission.
There were 98 new cases of COVID-19 in the county reported Wednesday, bringing the cumulative total to 72,481.
Montgomery County averaged 7.5 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents Wednesday, according to the data from the county’s COVID-19 information portal. The rate has increased about 7 fold since July 1 when there were 0.9 new cases per 100,000 residents reported.
Montgomery County reports 17 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of July 30. This represents only 1.3% of the hospital beds in the county.
No new deaths were reported Wednesday. The death toll remains 1,583.
Montgomery County officials continue to urge residents to get vaccinated against the virus. Vaccinations are currently available to anyone 12 years of age and older. More information about COVID-19 vaccines may be found online at the COVID-19 information portal.