HARRISBURG — For the seventh consecutive week, Montgomery County and six neighboring counties in Southeast Pennsylvania recorded decreases in COVID-19 positivity rates and each county is now showing signs of suppressing the virus, according to the latest week-to-week data compiled by state health officials.

Montgomery County recorded a coronavirus positivity rate of 1.9% for the period May 28 to June 3, which was a decrease from the 2.5% positivity rate recorded for the period May 21 to May 27, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard.

Health officials believe having a positivity rate less than 5% indicates a county is controlling the spread of the virus and keeping it suppressed. The latest data marks the fourth consecutive week that Montgomery County fell below the 5% benchmark.

The county recorded the first two cases of the virus on March 7, 2020, and this week marks the 66th week since the virus surfaced in the county.

All six of Montgomery County’s neighboring counties also recorded decreases in positivity rates during the latest reporting period and all are now below the 5% benchmark, according to the state data.

As of June 3, Berks County continued to have the highest positivity rate in the region at 3.2% but it was a decrease from the 5.0% recorded the previous week.

Bucks County recorded the lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in the region, at 1.5%, which was a decrease from the 2.4% rate recorded the previous week.

Chester County recorded a positivity rate of 1.9% for the period May 28 to June 3, down from 2.3% the previous week.

As of June 3, Delaware County had a positivity rate of 2.0% which was a decrease from 2.2% recorded for the period ending May 27, according to state data.

Lehigh County recorded a COVID-19 positivity rate of 2.7% on June 3, down from 3.5% on May 27.

In Philadelphia, the COVID-19 positivity rate was 2.6% for the period May 28 to June 3, down from 3.3% the previous week.

The statewide positivity rate as of June 3 was 2.9% which was a decrease from the 3.7% positivity rate recorded the previous week.

Gov. Tom Wolf said the state’s COVID-19 dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The state’s weekly report is based on nasal swab tests, or the PCR, which are considered confirmed tests.

The decreases in the positivity rates come as vaccinations continue to increase.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported on Monday that 309,821 Montgomery County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Another 203,998 county residents have received a first dose of a vaccine, according to state data.

Meanwhile, there were 41 COVID-19 patients in the county’s nine hospitals on Monday, down from 68 a week ago. Officials said four of the current patients require ventilators.

Last week, the Wolf Administration lifted COVID-19 mitigation orders so that all businesses, events and venues can return to 100% capacity.

However, the current order requiring masks for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals will remain in place until June 28 or when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older get their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, whichever comes first.

Additionally, individuals are still required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the U.S., and in U.S. transportation hubs, such as airports and stations.

The state Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures. Municipalities, businesses and school districts may continue implementing stricter mitigation efforts.



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