Message from County Executive Marc Elrich
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich finds optimism in the battle against COVID-19 as more County residents are receiving vaccinations, but he also has great concerns as the number of positive cases reported also is increasing.
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More and more people are getting vaccinated for COVID-19, which is great.
However, we are once again seeing an increase in cases and test positivity, and it is concerning. Our seven-day average case count per 100,000 residents is higher than it was in mid-June, and yet the State has lifted many restrictions.
In Montgomery County, our case and positivity rates have gone up 25 percent over the last three weeks.
Across the State, cases are going up. We are at levels that have surpassed the second wave in mid-summer and are at the same levels we were at the end of last October.
You can see that today, we are higher than we were during the “second wave”:
The variants have been found in Maryland and are likely contributing to this increase. We are also seeing hospital bed use rates for COVID cases beginning to rise.
While we take some comfort that our numbers are lower than most of the State and region, they are numbers that we considered unsafe back in the summer, and they are still unsafe now. New COVID-19 infections are increasing across the State and the country.
We are still in the midst of this pandemic. Please follow guidelines—wear a mask and please continue to maintain physical distance.
And testing continues to be very important. Last weekend, I visited ANGARAI’s COVID Test Center (ACTC) in Silver Spring. I was impressed with its operation and grateful for its efforts. To see where you can get tested in Montgomery County, go to https://montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.html.
The good news is that more and more people are getting vaccinated:
Enjoy your holidays and the warm weather when it returns, but please keep following the guidelines. We are almost there and our continued restrictions will help save lives until we can get the vaccines out everywhere.