Montgomery County has been experiencing downward trend of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for the past week, and due to this decrease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated Montgomery County as a Medium Level in its COVID-19 Community Level Framework.
As of the week ending September 8, the two-week incident case rate decreased from 399.9 per 100,000 last week to 354.7 per 100,000 this week.
The COVID-19 Community Levels system is a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.
“As we move through the various phases of this pandemic it is important for us to make adjustments to the precautions that we take,” said Jennifer Wentzel, Montgomery County Health Commissioner.
When a county is designated at a medium level in the CDC’s framework, the following actions are recommended:
- If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Updated COVID-19 boosters can both help restore protection that has decreased since previous vaccination, and can provide broader protection against newer variants.
- Get tested if you have symptoms
- Follow CDC recommendations if you test positive or are exposed to someone who has COVID-19
If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, learn more about how to protect yourself with additional CDC recommendations for each COVID-19 Community Level.
Public Health along with our State and Federal partners will continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and make revised recommendations should conditions warrant.