Officials Pleased MontCo Enters ‘Yellow’ Phase to Reopen

A coronavirus testing kit (at top) issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control

Sixty-four more test positive for virus; four more die

NORRISTOWN PA – As some but certainly not all coronavirus restrictions begin to be lifted Friday (June 5, 2020) across Montgomery County, entering the “yellow phase” of Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic recovery plan, the chair of the county Board of Commissioners said public “sacrifices and hard work” made it possible to loosen requirements that have kept its residents mostly at home for about 11 weeks.

“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 the county, Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh said.

Her comments Thursday (June 4) were accompanied by the news that an additional 64 individuals tested positive for the virus, bringing the countywide total to 7,285 cases. Eighteen of the 64 were in long-term care facilities. More somberly, the county Office of Public Health reported, another four individuals have died of COVID-19, raising the county-wide death total to 706.

The 64 test-positive individuals are from 25 municipalities. Their ages range from age 5 to 104; 40 are females, 24 males; and of the group seven are hospitalized, two are not, and the status of the remaining 55 is unknown.

Highest positive tests in Upper Providence, Pottstown, Limerick

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

  • Upper Providence, 186,
  • Pottstown, 121,
  • Limerick, 85,
  • Lower Salford, 67,
  • Skippack, 54
  • Lower Pottsgrove, 43,
  • Perkiomen, 38,
  • New Hanover, 35
  • Douglass (Montgomery), 35
  • Trappe, 26,
  • Royersford, 25,
  • Lower Frederick, 21,
  • Upper Pottsgrove, 20,
  • West Pottsgrove, 15,
  • Collegeville, 15,
  • East Greenville, 13,
  • Salford, 12,
  • Schwenksville, 10,
  • Upper Salford, 8,
  • Upper Frederick, 7,
  • Pennsburg, 5, and
  • Green Lane, 3.

Testing centers available in Pottstown, Blue Bell

The county’s drive-through COVID-19 testing location at the Blue Bell PA central campus of Montgomery County Community College is open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only for individuals who meet the required criteria, as testing supplies allow, and as weather permits. No treatment is given on-site. For more information, to learn if the site is open or closed for the day, or to register for an appointment, call 610-631-3000 starting at 8 a.m., or visit the county website here.

Testing also is available at the county public health center in Pottstown, at 364 King St. The site was closed Thursday due to a power outage in the building caused by severe weather last night. Officials are still determining whether or not the site will be able to open Friday. Individuals interested in making a Friday appointment should call 610-970-2937, starting at 8:30 a.m. Spanish-speaking operators and sign language interpreters are available.

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