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 each metric was met or showed improvement. Thursday the metric for acute care bed utilization rate was the only metric to not show improvement. The county has set a goal of 70% or less acute care bed utilization rate. Thursday the three-day average is 71%.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Metrics by Day in Reopening Phase 2 updated July 30. (Click to enlarge.)
Thursday is the 41st day of the second phase of reopening for Montgomery County. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 17,397 confirmed cases of COVID-19 resulting in 750 deaths in Montgomery County, based on numbers released by the Maryland Department of Health Thursday 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 Thursday, July 30 (click on photo to enlarge):
Montgomery County COVID-19 Dashboard as of Wednesday, July 29 (click on photo to enlarge):