On Friday afternoon, Montgomery County officials announced that were 105 new cases of Coronavirus in the county, of which 23 were from long-term care facilities. The countywide total is now 6,312 cases.
County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh addressed confusion of what type of tests were being included in the numbers. It was previously believed that the number of positive tests only included those that received the test to determine if a person currently has Coronavirus. However, the CDC recently acknowledged that these results were co-mingled with tests that determined whether someone previously had Coronavirus (the antibody test). Due to this, the county went through its data and six cases were removed.
County officials also announced there have been eight additional deaths confirmed to be due to Coronavirus. The total number of confirmed deaths due to Coronavirus is 566. Thus far, 497 of 566 confirmed deaths (88%) are from long-term care facilities. Also reported were 185 probable deaths, which are those without a lab test confirmation.
The 14-day total of positive tests is 1,391 with a daily average of 99.4 based on the county’s data. The goal set by the governor is to have a 14-day daily average of 30. The county is currently off that pace by 69.4. Please note that Governor Wolf announced after the county press conference that Montgomery County will likely move to the yellow phase of reopening on June 5th.
Here is the latest local data:
- Ambler is at 98, which is one more than Thursday
- There have been 13 deaths overall in Ambler
- Lower Gwynedd is at 133, which is two more than Thursday
- There have been 23 deaths overall in Lower Gwynedd, which is one more than Thursday
- Upper Dublin is at 149, which two more than Thursday
- There have been 15 deaths overall in Upper Dublin
- Whitpain is at 109, which is the same as Thursday
- There have been seven deaths overall in Whitpain
The number of hospitalizations in the county dropped down to approximately 255 from approximately 270. About 25% continue to be on a ventilator.
The county did not report on the current number for positive test results at long-term care facilities.
On the testing front, between April 16th and May 19th, the county’s testing sites tested 6,532 individuals and have results back for 6,167. The number that tested positive was 870 or 14%.
You can view the county’s latest data here.
You can watch Friday’s press conference below.