The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

County sees downward trend in COVID positivity rate

- By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-centurymed­ia.com @montcocour­tnews on Twitter

HARRISBURG » Montgomery County and six neighborin­g counties continued to show downward trends in coronaviru­s percent-positivity rates, according to the latest data compiled by state health officials.

For the period Jan. 15 to Jan. 21, Montgomery County recorded a COVID-19 percent-positivity rate of 8.8 percent, a decrease from the 9.9 percent positivity rate recorded during the seven-day period Jan. 8 to Jan. 14, 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 percent indicates a county is controllin­g the spread of the virus and keeping it suppressed.

The county recorded the first two cases of the virus in March 2020 and this week marks the 47th week since the virus surfaced in the county.

Each of Montgomery County’s six neighborin­g counties, while still recording positivity rates above the preferred 5 percent threshold for the most recent seven-day period, did report decreases in positivity rates, according to the state’s data.

Lehigh County continued to record the highest positivity rate in the region at 14.8 percent for the period ending Jan. 21, which was a decrease from 18.7 percent the previous week.

Montgomery County’s other neighborin­g counties recorded the following percent-positivity rates during the seven-day period ending Jan. 21: Berks (13.2 percent); Bucks (9.2 percent); Chester (8.4 percent); Delaware (8.2 percent); and Philadelph­ia (7.4 percent), according to

 ?? FILE PHOTO ?? Pennsylvan­ia Gov. Tom Wolf answers questions from the press.
FILE PHOTO Pennsylvan­ia Gov. Tom Wolf answers questions from the press.

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