NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County officials on Friday reported more than 50 new positive cases of the coronavirus and one virus-related death.
The 54 new positive individuals bring the county’s total number of cases to 8,207 since March 7 when the first two cases of the virus were identified in the county. Nine of the individuals resided in long-term care facilities and the remaining 45 were other members of the community.
The individuals, 31 females and 23 males, ranged in age from 2 to 92 and they resided in 19 municipalities, officials reported.
A 69-year-old man who had been hospitalized became the latest person to die from the virus. The single death increased the death toll to 791 since the pandemic began in March. To date, 416 females and 375 males have died from the virus.
According to county data, 658 of the total 791 deaths were individuals who resided in long-term care facilities, representing about 84 percent of the total deaths.
The 791 total deaths were “confirmed positive” COVID-19 cases through the use of lab tests.
The 54 new positive cases of #COVID19 in #MontcoPa bring the county’s total number of cases to 8,207 since March 7 when first 2 cases were identified in the county. 9 of the individuals resided in long-term care facilities & the remaining 45 were other members of the community.— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) June 26, 2020
Earlier this week, officials said 90 other deaths in the county have been listed as “probable” COVID-19 deaths. Those are deaths that list COVID-19 as a cause of death on a death certificate but in which there was no laboratory confirmation of the virus.
Officials stressed that testing for anyone who needs or wants to be tested will be available at the county’s community-based testing sites in Pottstown, Norristown and Whitpain on Monday, June 29, and on Tuesday, June 30.
The 54 new individuals who tested positive for #COVID19 in #MontcoPa on Friday included 31 females and 23 males, who ranged in age from 2 to 92 and they resided in 19 municipalities, officials reported.#CoronavirusUpdate coming— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) June 26, 2020
“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,” county Commissioners’ Chairwoman Dr. Valerie Arkoosh said on Friday.
A walk-up testing site is available at the county’s Office of Public Health Pottstown Health Center at 364 King St. Testing will be available next Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only. To make an appointment, residents should call 610-970-2937 beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the day you’d like to be tested.
A walk-up testing site also is located on the parking lot of the Delaware Valley Community Health Norristown Regional Health Center, 1401 DeKalb St., in Norristown. Testing will be available next Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Residents can register for testing by calling 610-592-0680 starting at 8:30 a.m. daily.
The walk-up sites will be closed July 1 to July 5. Officials said the plan is to reopen the Pottstown and Norristown walk-up sites on July 6.
A 69 yo man who had been hospitalized became the latest person to die from #COVID19 in #MontcoPa. The single death on Friday increased the death toll to 791 since the pandemic began in March. To date, 416 females & 375 males have died from the virus.#CoronavirusUpdate— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) June 26, 2020
Officials have said additional walk-up sites are being planned at other locations in the county and the final plan will be announced next week.
The drive-thru testing site at the central campus of the Montgomery County Community College in Whitpain will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Monday and Tuesday, after which the site will be closed.
Registration for appointments will open at 8 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and will remain open until all available spots are filled. Individuals can register online at www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 or can call 610-631-3000 to register for a testing appointment.
The drive-thru site in Whitpain has been in operation since April 16.
Information about additional testing sites, including pharmacies, many of which operate over the weekend, can be found at www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 under the “County Testing Information” button.