County Positive Virus Cases Rise Above 6,400

NORRISTOWN PA – A total of 6,432 test-positive cases of coronavirus infection, and 581 related deaths, are now being reported as having occurred since the start of the pandemic, according to Montgomery County officials and its Office of Public Health. The totals reflect the additions Saturday (May 23, 2020) of 121 positive cases, and the deaths of 15 individuals.

Of the 15 who died of COVID-19 between May 1 and May 21, seven had been hospitalized and eight lived in long-term care facilities. Their ages ranged from 63- to 95-years-old; 11 were female, and four were male, county Board of Commissioners Chair Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh said.

The county’s reported daily COVID-19 case totals differ from the daily cases reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, its datahub noted. “The county is reporting only results of positive tests for the coronavirus, not from COVID-19 antibody tests,” Arkoosh explained. “The antibody test lets us know that someone had the virus, but doesn’t tell us if they have it right now.”

In western Montgomery County municipalities covered by The Post, the totals of reported test-positive cases continued to be led by Upper Providence, followed by Pottstown, and Limerick. That list includes:

  • Upper Providence, 175,
  • Pottstown, 109,
  • Limerick, 72,
  • Lower Salford, 61,
  • Skippack, 54,
  • Lower Pottsgrove, 41,
  • Perkiomen, 34,
  • New Hanover, 32,
  • Douglass (Montgomery), 29,
  • Royersford, 24,
  • Trappe, 20,
  • Lower Frederick, 18,
  • Upper Pottsgrove, 18,
  • West Pottsgrove, 15 (unchanged from the county report of May 16),
  • Collegeville, 12 (unchanged),
  • Salford, 11,
  • East Greenville, 11 (unchanged),
  • Schwenksville, 9,
  • Upper Frederick, 6,
  • Upper Salford, 6 (unchanged),
  • Green Lane, 3 (unchanged), and
  • Pennsburg, 3 (unchanged).

Arkoosh was pleased by Gov. Tom Wolf’s Friday (May 22) announcement that the county would move June 5 from the red to yellow phase of virus infection, allowing some businesses and services to re-open to the public.

“This is excellent news and a much-needed step to begin to get Montgomery County back to work,” she said, but urged owners of businesses allowed to operate to “use these next two weeks to prepare. As coronavirus continues to spread in our community, each of us must remain personally responsible for our actions and work together to minimize” infections.

The county’s drive-through COVID-19 testing location, on the central campus of Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell PA, will be closed Sunday and Monday (May 24-25).

The testing site will re-open for the week on Tuesday (May 26), daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only for individuals that meet the required criteria and as testing supplies allow. No treatment is given at the site. For more information or to register for an appointment, visit the county datahub at http://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 or call 610-631-3000 on Tuesday starting at 8 a.m.

Photo at the State of Pennsylvania testing laboratory in Exton PA, used under a Creative Commons license