NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County officials and the Office of Public Health Saturday reported 121 additional individuals who tested positive for coronavirus and 15 individuals who died of COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 6,432 cases and 581 deaths.
Thirty-four of the new cases are in long-term care facilities. None of the reported positive COVID-19 cases result from antibody testing.
“The county is only reporting results of positive tests for the coronavirus, not from COVID-19 antibody tests,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, chairwoman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “The antibody test lets us know that someone had the virus, but doesn’t tell us if they have it right now.”
Of the 15 individuals who died of COVID-19 between May 1 and May 21, seven had been hospitalized, eight resided in long-term care facilities, and their ages ranged from 63-years-old to 95-years-old. Of those individuals, 11 were female, and four were male.
The 121 positive individuals are from 33 municipalities. Sixty-one municipalities have been affected.
A breakdown of Saturday’s reported cases follows:
Age Range: 2 months - 98
Gender: 66 females, 55 males
Hospitalized: (3) No, (113) Unknown, (5) Yes
Arkoosh is urging Montgomery County business owners to prepare to safely reopen under the state's "yellow" designation guidelines.
On Friday afternoon, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that "thanks to your sacrifices and hard work, Montgomery County will move to the Yellow Phase on June 5," Arkoosh said.
"This is excellent news and a much-needed step to begin to get Montgomery County back to work,” Arkoosh said. “If you are the owner of a business that is allowed to operate in the Yellow Phase, use these next two weeks to prepare. As the coronavirus continues to spread in our community, each of us must remain personally responsible for our actions and work together to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Montgomery County.”
Because of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the next update on COVID-19 cases and mitigation efforts will be on Tuesday, May 26.
Montgomery County’s drive-through COVID-19 testing location on the Central Campus of Montgomery County Community College will be closed on Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25. The testing site will re-open for the week on Tuesday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only for individuals that meet the required criteria and as testing supplies allow. No treatment will be given on-site.
For more information and to register for an appointment, visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 or call 610.631.3000 on Tuesday, May 26, starting at 8 a.m.
Visit the Montco COVID-19 Data Hub at www.montcopa.org/covid-19 to get the latest news, geographic and demographic information and updates.