COVID-19 hospitalizations in Montgomery County almost tripled in one month but still below 10%
The percentage of Montgomery County hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients has nearly tripled over the past month and is almost 10 times higher than two months ago – although it remains in single digits.
As of Thursday, according to the most recent data available, 8.8% of the county’s hospital beds were used by patients with COVID-19, up from 3.1% a month ago and 0.9% ago two months.
The rate is considered “moderate” use by the county health department and is at its highest level since April 27.
The percentage of hospital beds used by COVID-19 patients was nearly 40% in May 2020, its peak in the pandemic. It declined steadily before peaking again at 27% in January.
The county is not reporting the raw number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital.
Montgomery County has reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 for 19 consecutive days. On average, 124 new cases were recorded every day in August.
The county was reporting around 107 cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 people on Friday, considered a “high” transmission rate by the CDC. This week marks the first time the entire county has been considered a high transmission area since mid-February.
The percentage of tests that return a positive result remains low, at around 3.5% since mid-August.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 96% of all Montgomery County residents aged 12 or older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 87% are fully immunized. Ninety-nine percent of people over 65 are partially vaccinated and about 95% are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.