Montgomery Co. Adds 62 Coronavirus Cases, 2 Deaths

Alessia Grunberger

SILVER SPRING, MD — Montgomery County reported 62 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, marking the 13th day the region has seen fewer than 100 cases. That brings the daily local total to 14,737.

The state's most populous jurisdiction reported its first coronavirus-related death on March 21. Daily deaths peaked at 30 on April 27 — according to the county's coronavirus data — and has consistently been in the single digits since June 6.

As of Tuesday, the death toll stands at 699. That's an increase of two fatalities overnight.

The latest figure doesn't include the 39 others whose deaths were linked to the virus, but never confirmed by a lab test. They are considered "probable deaths."

The county 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 18,572, according to the latest figures.

With a population of roughly 1.1 million, Montgomery County has tested 8.7 percent of its residents, state data shows.

Gov. Larry Hogan said he wants each jurisdiction to test at least 10 percent of its population. Somerset County has tested the most, with 19.2 percent. Queen Anne's and Cecil counties are tied for last, with 5.3 percent.

Across Maryland, there have been 67,559 positive infections, 3,062 confirmed deaths, and 128 "probable deaths."

Of the 452 coronavirus patients currently hospitalized, 152 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

This article originally appeared on the Silver Spring Patch