Montgomery Adds 43 Coronavirus Cases Ahead Of Phase 2 Reopening

Alessia Grunberger

BETHESDA, MD — Montgomery County recorded 43 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, according to Maryland's Health Department, pushing the local total to 13,862.

The local death toll climbed by three, for a total of 667. Another 40, health officials believe, likely died from COVID-19 without ever being tested. "Probable deaths" aren't included in the official fatality count until they are confirmed by a laboratory test.

The county, which is home to 1.1 million residents, continues to have the highest number of deaths in the state. It also has the second highest number of confirmed cases, after Prince George's County, which has 17,666, according to the latest figures.

On Friday, the county will move into phase two of its reopening plan.

Most parts of the state entered phase two last week after Gov. Larry Hogan said he saw a two-week decline in public health benchmarks.

As of Thursday, Maryland has 63,229 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2,886 deaths. Another 130, health officials believe, died from the disease without ever getting tested.

A total of 660 people are being hospitalized for COVID-19. Of that, 269 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to state data.

Here's how Montgomery County stacks up against other jurisdictions in Maryland:

Confirmed Infections, Deaths By County

A case count by jurisdiction can be found below. Montgomery County is outlined in bright blue.

Courtesy of the Maryland Department of Health

Note: For the table below, a number with an asterisk represents a "probable death."

Courtesy of the Maryland Department of Health

Percent of Population Tested

Courtesy of the Maryland Department of Health

This article originally appeared on the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch