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Posted on: December 29, 2020

Montgomery County Reports 2,357 New COVID-19 Cases and 34 Deaths in Past Week

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NORRISTOWN, PA – Montgomery County officials and the Office of Public Health (OPH) today reported COVID-19 test results and deaths from December 23 to December 29, 2020. Over the past week, 2,357 additional people tested positive for coronavirus, and 34 people died of COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 32,441 cases and 1,002 deaths.

Seven of the individuals who died of COVID-19 resided in a long-term care facility. Of the new cases, 96 of the new cases are in long-term care facilities. None of the reported positive COVID-19 cases resulted from antibody testing. More information is included in the linked weekly report.

This week, our Department of Public Safety and Office of Public Health staff administered more than 400 doses of vaccine to our frontline Emergency Medical Services providers,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “As we receive additional supply from vaccine manufacturers, we will provide doses to other critical employees, such as home care workers, community-based doctors and providers, grocery store workers, teachers, police officers, and firefighters. In just a few short months, there will be a safe and effective vaccine available for our entire community. As a reminder, the safest way to celebrate the winter holidays is with the people you live with. If you gather with others, please remember to choose outdoor or well-ventilated spaces and wear a mask that covers both your mouth and nose. Stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with, and wash your hands often.”

A full breakdown of all Montgomery County COVID-19 cases can be found on the COVID-19 Data Hub. The Hub hosts the County’s COVID-19 maps, data, and charts that show the number of daily cases and deaths related to COVID-19, including hospitalizations and ventilator use. There is also demographic information on cases by age, gender, and race.

Holiday COVID-19 Testing Sites Schedule: Due to the upcoming holiday schedule the following changes are being made to the COVID-19 testing site schedule:

  • Thursday, December 31: All sites open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, January 1: All testing sites will be CLOSED
  • Saturday, January 2: Pottstown location open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Under normal conditions, Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sites are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at six locations across the County weather permitting. Testing is available to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Montgomery County. Appointments can be made on weekdays starting at 7 a.m. online or starting at 8:30 a.m. by calling (610) 970-2937. For Saturday testing, appointments can be reserved online only starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.

No-Cost Flu Shots: The Montgomery County Office of Public Health continues to offer appointment-only flu shots. Flu shots are available at no cost to anyone age 6 months and older who lives, works, or goes to school in Montgomery County. Residents can call (610) 278-5145 to make an appointment at the Norristown Public Health Center, 1430 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19404 (Entrance on DeKalb Street).

COVID-19 Media Briefing: The next press briefing on COVID-19 cases and mitigation efforts will be held Wednesday, December 30, at 3 p.m. A link for media to register will be announced through a media advisory. It will be streamed live to the public on Montgomery County’s Facebook page and a recording will be uploaded on the County’s Public Safety YouTube channel.

For all other COVID-19 resources in Montgomery County, please visit https://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19.

Media Contact: Teresa Harris, tharris@montcopa.org 

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