County: Saturday Counts Prove Need to Stay Home

NORRISTOWN PA – An additional 201 individuals were reported Saturday (April 18, 2020) by Montgomery County as having been tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 infections, bringing the countywide total to date to 2,623 cases. Of those, it added, 12 more persons died as a result of the disease, raising the county death toll to 147.

The day’s large number of positive tests included first results from the community-based testing site re-opened Thursday (April 16) in Blue Bell. They “demonstrate the importance of testing to understand the spread of the virus in our community, and the continued need to stay at home except for essential work and essential errands,” county Board of Commissioners Chair Dr. Valerie Arkoosh said.

Of boroughs and townships covered by the Sanatoga, Pottstown, and Limerick editions of The Post, their total test-positive cases as of Saturday – in declining order as shown by the county’s database – were:

  • Pottstown, 48;
  • Limerick, 31;
  • New Hanover, 19;
  • Lower Pottsgrove, 13;
  • Douglass (Montgomery), 12;
  • Trappe, 10;
  • Royersford, 9;
  • West Pottsgrove, 8
  • Collegeville, 8; and
  • Upper Pottsgrove, 6.

Of municipalities covered by The Post’s Schwenksville edition, total test-positive cases through Saturday were:

  • Upper Providence, 83;
  • Lower Salford, 34;
  • Skippack, 31;
  • Perkiomen, 19;
  • Upper Frederick, 6;
  • Upper Salford, 5;
  • East Greenville, 5;
  • Lower Frederick, 4;
  • Schwenksville, 3;
  • Salford, 2;
  • Green Lane, 2; and
  • Pennsburg, 1.

Among the 12 individuals reported Saturday who died of COVID-19, four had been hospitalized and eight lived in long-term care facilities. Their ages ranged from 63- to 91-years-old; eight males, and four females.

Saturday’s test-positive patients are residents of 40 municipalities within the county, and ranged in age from 18 to 104. Of them, 114 were females, and 87, males. Fourteen were known to be hospitalized, 27 were not hospitalized but believed to be quarantined, and the status of the remaining 160 was deemed “unknown.”

The county’s drive-through coronavirus testing location, at the Blue Bell central campus of its community college, will be open throughout the week again beginning Sunday (April 19) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tests are available by appointment only. Individuals must meet required criteria, and testing will be conducted as supplies allow. No treatment is given on-site.

For more information, and to register for an appointment, see the county’s disease datahub, here – http://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 – or call 610-631-3000 Sunday starting at 8 a.m.