NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County officials reported 266 individuals tested positive for COVID-19 but only one person died from the virus during the latest seven-day period ending Tuesday.

The 266 new positive cases, reported between Sept. 16 and Sept. 22 brought the county’s total number of cases to 11,750 since March 7 when the first two cases of the virus were identified in the county. Six of the new cases were individuals who resided in long-term care facilities, officials said.

The new positive individuals included 143 females and 111 males, who ranged in age from 2 to 92 and resided in 48 municipalities. The genders of two of the individuals were not available. All 62 county municipalities have reported positive cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

“We have now seen decreasing case counts for two consecutive weeks following a spike in positive cases around Labor Day weekend,” county Commissioners’ Chairwoman Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh said on Tuesday.

“While this is good news, our experiences over the past six months have shown us how quickly things can change when we let our guard down. We must continue to wear masks, maintain social distancing, avoid large gatherings, and cooperate with contact tracing to keep our community safe,” Arkoosh added.

Officials also reported one more COVID-19 death over the seven-day period, which brought the county’s death toll to 831 since the pandemic began in March.

Testing is still available for all county residents and those who work in the county and want or need to be tested. The county has established outdoor walk-up testing sites in Pottstown, Norristown, Lansdale, Willow Grove, Ardmore and Green Lane to accommodate those who want to be tested.

The county-run sites provide self-administered tests at no cost, although insurance will be billed if you have it. The sites do require an appointment for testing.

To register for a test at any of the six sites, residents can visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 and click on the county testing information button. Residents can also register for a test at any of the six sites by calling 610-970-2937.

That phone number as well as the online registration will open at 8:30 a.m. daily.

In Pottstown, the testing site is located at the county’s Office of Public Health Pottstown Health Center at 364 King St. Testing is available by appointment Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In Norristown, a testing site is located on the parking lot of the Delaware Valley Community Health Norristown Regional Health Center at 1401 DeKalb St. Testing is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In Lansdale, a testing site is located at 421 Main St. and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Another testing site is located at Deep Creek and Snyder roads in the Green Lane Park area, where tests are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.

In Ardmore, a testing site is located at 114 W. Lancaster Avenue where testing is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.

In Willow Grove, a testing site is at First Baptist Church - Crestmont, 1678 Fairview Ave. Testing there is be available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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