NORRISTOWN — More than 300 Montgomery County residents tested positive for the coronavirus and seven more people died of the virus during the latest three-day period, according to county health officials.

The 320 daily new positive COVID-19 cases, reported in the county during the three-day period Saturday through Monday, brought the county’s total number of positive cases to 57,532 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. Four of the daily new cases were individuals who resided in long-term care facilities.

Officials also reported seven additional COVID-19 deaths during the three-day period, bringing the county’s death toll to 1,301 since the pandemic began a year ago.

There were 208 COVID-19 patients in the county’s nine hospitals on Monday, down from 229 a week ago, and 21 of the current patients required ventilators.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported on Monday that 196,282 county residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Another 230,686 county residents have received a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, according to state data.

Everyone age 16 and over is eligible for the vaccine.

Appointments are required to receive the vaccine and residents can pre-register for the vaccine through the county Office of Public Health. The pre-registration link can be found at under the green vaccination information button.

Residents who don’t have internet access can call the county’s COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967 to connect with a volunteer who can assist them in pre-registering for a vaccine.

The county Office of Public Health is operating vaccination clinics at the following locations where appointments are required: the former JCPenney store at the King of Prussia Mall in Upper Merion; the former Sears location at the Montgomery Mall in Montgomery Township; the Parkside Shopping Center, in the former Petco location, in Willow Grove; Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., in Lansdale; and Bethel Community Church, 575 N. Keim St., in Pottstown.

A sixth vaccination clinic is available on Saturdays only at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 712 Penllyn Pike in Spring House.

Additionally, a walk-up clinic that does not require appointments is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 528 Church St. in Norristown.

All of the county-run clinics now offer both the single-shot Johnson & Johnson and the two dose Pfizer vaccines. Hours vary and include day, evening and weekend hours. Anyone who schedules a vaccine appointment with the county Office of Public Health will have the ability to choose their clinic location, the date and time of their appointment and which vaccine they want to receive.

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.

The six sites are open Monday through Friday, weather permitting and at varying hours. Same-day appointments can be made weekdays starting at 7 a.m. by visiting 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.

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