NORRISTOWN — As the 64th week of the coronavirus pandemic in Montgomery County came to a close on Friday, health officials reported 25 additional residents tested positive for the virus, the seventh consecutive day the number of daily new cases fell below 50.
The 25 daily new positive COVID-19 cases reported on Friday brought the county’s total number of positive cases to 58,905 since March 7, 2020, when the first two cases of the virus were identified in the county.
As of Friday, the 14-day average of daily positive COVID-19 cases stood at 37.2 which was a decrease from the 14-day average of 78.1 cases reported on May 15. The daily figures this week included:
• May 22 – 44 cases
• May 23 – 31 cases
• May 24 – 26 cases
• May 25 – 26 cases
• May 26 – 32 cases
• May 27 – 29 cases
• May 28 – 25 cases
Officials reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, leaving the county’s death toll at 1,325 since the pandemic began a year ago.
There were 85 COVID-19 patients in the county’s nine hospitals on Friday, down from 107 a week ago. Officials said 14 of the current patients required ventilators.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported on Friday that 288,420 county residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Another 211,489 county residents have received a first dose of the vaccines, according to state data.
Everyone 12 or older is eligible to receive the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
Officials said anyone under the age of 18 attending a county COVID-19 vaccination clinic must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The county will continue to administer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to those aged 18 and older. The J&J vaccine has not been authorized for those under the age of 18.
Appointments are recommended but not required. Walk-up registrations are accepted at any clinic.
To make a vaccine appointment, residents can visit https://vaccine.montcopa.org and select “Start registration.”
The county-run vaccine clinics will be closed on Saturday, May 29, and Monday, May 31 for the Memorial Day holiday.
The vaccine clinics will open for extended evening hours until 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The county Office of Public Health is operating several vaccination clinics, at various hours, at multiple locations including malls and churches. Specific weekly vaccine clinic schedules, including dates and hours, are posted at www.montcopa.org/COVID-19Vaccine
Those county-run vaccination clinics are at the following locations:
• Bethel Community Church, 575 N. Keim St., in Pottstown (Weekday and Saturday hours)
• Bethlehem Baptist Church, 712 Penllyn Pike, Spring House, (All Saturdays in May)
• The former JCPenney store at the King of Prussia Mall in Upper Merion
• Montgomery Mall in the former Sears store, 804 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales
• Parkside Shopping Center, in the former Petco location, in Willow Grove
• St. John’s Episcopal Church, 520 Church St., Norristown
For general COVID-19 questions residents can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967. The hotline is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.