Just one day after the indoor mask requirement was lifted in Montgomery County, the “number of cases per 100,000 residents in the last 7 days” has reached 50 again, putting the county back in the “Substantial Transmission” threshold.
We spoke with Montgomery County’s Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, Earl Stoddard, who told us that “Board of Health Order 19-975 mandates that Dr. Bridgers, the acting Health Officer, provide official notice if the County proceeds into substantial transmission and set a timeline for the mask requirement.”
Stoddard wrote “Based on the numbers from the Maryland Department of Health today, we believe we have reached that threshold.”
“Dr. Bridgers will await confirmation from the CDC data tracker, likely to come tomorrow.
As was done with the original return of the face covering requirement, Dr. Bridgers intends to provide several days of notice for businesses and residents to become aware of the re-instatement of the requirement.
Based on conversations with them, we anticipate that the Board of Health will convene Tuesday to review this.”
Montgomery County’s Covid Dashboard can be seen here.