SILVER SPRING, MD — Montgomery County passed a grim milestone on Thursday of more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
In the last 24 hours, 14 more people have died from COVID-19, bringing the local death toll to 1,009. According to official public health data, this is the third time the county has reported at least 10 new fatalities this month.
Before that, the last double-digit rise in virus deaths was recorded on June 5. New deaths attributed to COVID-19 peaked at 30 on April 27.
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The latest fatality count of 1,009 does not include the 44 others whose deaths were linked to the virus but never confirmed by a lab test. For now, they are considered "probable deaths." They won't be added to the official fatality count until they are confirmed by a lab test.
On Thursday, county health officials recorded 247 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the local total to 40,747 infections.
Across Maryland, there have been 243,984 coronavirus cases, 5,152 confirmed deaths, and 167 "probable deaths." Of the 1,702 patients being hospitalized for the disease statewide, 394 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).