Number of COVID-19 Cases Continues to Rise

COVID-19 cases are climbing in Montgomery County.

“We are continuing to see our case numbers rise,” said Sean O’Donnell, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Manager with County Health and Human Services, during a media briefing Monday. 

Test positivity levels are much higher at county testing sites.

“It’s very likely we’re seeing a lot more either symptomatic individuals or individuals who have had a positive rapid test and are coming in for a confirmatory PCR test,” O’Donnell said.

He said increases in hospitalizations are much more modest. There was actually a slight decrease in COVID-19 acute care bed occupancy across county hospitals since last week and ICU bed occupancy increased by two.

The region still deals with Omicron subvariants. 

“It does look like they are continuing to spread through our community,” O’Donnell said.

On Tuesday, May 17, the county reported 581 COVID-19 cases and 355.10 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days, per the county’s dashboard.

One month ago on April 17, the county reported 169 cases and 119.73 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.

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