No Spike In Montgomery Co. Coronavirus Cases After Local Protests

Justin Heinze

NORRISTOWN, PA — Coronavirus case totals have not yet risen in the wake of the several large protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd around Montgomery County over the past two weeks. Numerous demonstrations gathering together hundreds of individuals have taken place around the county.

As of Tuesday, the average case daily total over the past two weeks is down to 53. That's the lowest it has been since the beginning of the crisis, and reflects a significant decline just from June 3, when the average stood at 79.

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This is even though the availability of testing has widely increased, with several local pharmacies and healthcare facilities offering tests, as well as community testing sites in Pottstown, Norristown, and Montgomery County Community College in Whitpain. Anyone can register for a test at these sites, even if they are not showing any symptoms.

Similarly, there has been no spike in cases in Philadelphia, a site of consistent large gatherings on a near-daily basis, officials there confirmed on Tuesday.

However, as officials regularly remind the public, there can be a lag time for when results come back, and individuals who are infected do not always immediately show symptoms. Of course, infected individuals often have no symptoms at all.

“As the coronavirus continues to remain in our community, each of us must be personally responsible for our actions and work together to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Montgomery County," Commissioner Val Arkoosh said Tuesday.

In Montgomery County, major and peaceful demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd drew crowds of hundreds in places like Abington, Lansdale, North Wales, Norristown, Ambler, Pottstown, Lower Providence, and elsewhere. Organizers were explicit about wearing masks and adhering to social distancing protocols.

Given the improving situation, Montgomery County is "getting close" to moving to the green phase, with officials suggesting Monday that it could happen if metrics continued to remain steady over the next week.

As of Tuesday, 778 Montgomery County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 have died, out of 7,864 total cases in the county. A total of 84 percent of the county's deaths have been in nursing homes.

This article originally appeared on the Norristown Patch