NORRISTOWN — The number of daily new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Montgomery County continued on a downward trajectory during the latest three-day period, according to health officials.
The 101 daily new positive COVID-19 cases, reported in the county during the three-day period Saturday through Monday, brought the county’s total number of positive cases to 58,793 since March 7, 2020, when the first two cases of the virus were identified in the county, according to the county’s COVID-19 online dashboard. Four of the daily new cases were individuals who resided in long-term care facilities.
As of May 21, the 14-day average of daily positive COVID-19 cases stood at 54.3 which was a decrease from the 14-day average of 125.7 cases reported on May 8. Monday marked the seventeenth consecutive day that the number of daily new cases fell below 100.
No new COVID-19 deaths were reported during the three-day period ending Monday, leaving the county’s death toll at 1,323 since the pandemic began a year ago.
There were 94 COVID-19 patients in the county’s nine hospitals on Monday, down from 129 a week ago. Officials said 15 of the current patients require ventilators.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported on Monday that 277,826 county residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Another 213,930 county residents have received a first dose of a vaccine, 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.”
County officials said the county-run 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
For general COVID-19 questions residents can email email@example.com 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.