NORRISTOWN — For the 19th consecutive day on Wednesday, Montgomery County’s daily new cases of the coronavirus were well below 100, a continuing sign that as vaccinations increase the county is suppressing the virus.
The 32 daily new positive COVID-19 cases reported in the county on Wednesday brought the county’s total number of positive cases to 58,851 since March 7, 2020, when the first two cases of the virus were identified in the county, according to the county’s COVID-19 online dashboard.
As of Wednesday, the 14-day average of daily positive COVID-19 cases had fallen to 43.9 which was a decrease from the 14-day average of 94.6 cases reported on May 13.
There were no new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, leaving the county’s death toll at 1,325 since the pandemic began a year ago.
There were 92 COVID-19 patients in the county’s nine hospitals on Wednesday, down from 121 a week ago. Officials said 13 of the current patients required ventilators.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported on Wednesday that 282,362 county residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Another 213,057 county residents have received a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, according to state data.
Everyone 12 or older is eligible to receive the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
Officials said anyone under the age of 18 attending a county COVID-19 vaccination clinic must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The county will continue to administer the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to those aged 18 and older. The J&J vaccine has not been authorized for those under the age of 18.
Appointments are recommended but not required. Walk-up registrations are accepted at any clinic.
To make a vaccine appointment, residents can visit https://vaccine.montcopa.org and select “Start registration.”
County commissioners announced Wednesday that the county-run vaccine clinics will be closed on Friday, May 28, Saturday, May 29, and Monday, May 31 for the Memorial Day holiday.
The county-run vaccine clinics are open for extended evening hours until 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The county Office of Public Health is operating several vaccination clinics, at various hours, at multiple locations including malls and churches. Specific weekly vaccine clinic schedules, including dates and hours, are posted at www.montcopa.org/COVID-19Vaccine
Those county-run vaccination clinics are at the following locations:
• Bethel Community Church, 575 N. Keim St., in Pottstown (Weekday and Saturday hours)
• Bethlehem Baptist Church, 712 Penllyn Pike, Spring House, (All Saturdays in May)
• The former JCPenney store at the King of Prussia Mall in Upper Merion
• Montgomery Mall in the former Sears store, 804 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales
• Parkside Shopping Center, in the former Petco location, in Willow Grove
• St. John's Episcopal Church, 520 Church St., Norristown
For general COVID-19 questions residents can email email@example.com or call the Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967. The hotline is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Additionally, testing is still available for all county residents and those who work in the county. The county 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 six 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.
Officials said the county-run COVID-19 testing sites will operate on a limited schedule on Friday, May 28 and be closed on Monday, May 31. Only the test sites at Willow Grove, Ardmore, and Green Lane will be open on Friday, May 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Same-day appointments can be made weekdays starting at 7 a.m. by visiting www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 and clicking on the county testing information button. Residents can also register for a test at any of the six sites by calling 610-970-2937 beginning 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.
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.
In Lansdale, a testing site is located at 421 Main St. Another testing site is located at Deep Creek and Snyder roads in the Green Lane Park area.
In Ardmore, a testing site is located at 114 W. Lancaster Ave. In Willow Grove, a testing site is at First Baptist Church - Crestmont, 1678 Fairview Ave.