County Adds, at Far Slower Rate, to Coronavirus Statistics

NORRISTOWN PA – A total of 298 Montgomery County residents tested positive for coronavirus, and one individual died, during a seven-day period that ended Tuesday (Aug. 18, 2020), county officials reported. They new data brings the countywide total to 10,311 cases and 824 deaths, they added. Seven of the new cases were found in long-term care facilities.

In the western portion of the county, totals of reported test-positive cases continued to be led by Upper Providence, with 235, followed by Pottstown, 197, and Limerick, 134. None of the reported positive COVID-19 cases resulted from antibody testing, the county Office of Public Health noted.

The county’s “14-day positivity rate has been under 5 percent since June 18, and continues to trend slowly downward,” county Board of Commissioners Chair Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh said. “This is great news but not a reason to let up on masking, social distancing, hand hygiene, testing, and contact tracing.”

Locally, highest positive tests in Upper Providence, Pottstown, Limerick

In 22 western Montgomery County municipalities covered by The Post, county data shows reported test-positive case totals as of Tuesday include:

  • Upper Providence, 235,
  • Pottstown, 197,
  • Limerick, 134,
  • Skippack, 126,
  • Lower Salford, 107,
  • Lower Pottsgrove, 70,
  • Perkiomen, 67,
  • New Hanover, 55,
  • Douglass (Montgomery), 52,
  • Trappe, 47,
  • Pennsburg, 41,
  • Royersford, 39,
  • Lower Frederick, 38,
  • Collegeville, 34,
  • Upper Pottsgrove, 33,
  • West Pottsgrove, 20,
  • East Greenville, 19,
  • Salford, 16,
  • Schwenksville, 15,
  • Upper Frederick, 14,
  • Upper Salford, 13, and
  • Green Lane, 3.

No-cost community testing sites available

There are several no-cost COVID-19 community testing sites located throughout the county for all ages, except infants. No prescription is required. These self-administered tests are by appointment only, do not require a vehicle, and are available for individuals who live or work in the county and want or need to be tested. The sites are outdoors and are subject to closure on short notice due to inclement weather.

To register for testing see this webpage, or call 610-970-2937 on the date of the intended appointment. Registration opens Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and remains open until all slots are filled and as long as testing supplies allow. Spanish-speaking operators are available.

Locally, testing is available in Pottstown, at the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, 364 King St., on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.; and in Green Lane at the corner of Deep Creek and Snyder Roads, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4-6 p.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. test sites also are located in Ardmore, Lansdale, Norristown, and Willow Grove.

If you get a call regarding contract tracing …

COVID-19 contact tracing efforts are ongoing and are critical to slowing the spread of the disease. The county has partnered with ACLAMO, Family Services of Montgomery County, Montgomery County OIC, and Visiting Nurses Association Community Services to help with contact tracing efforts.

Individuals who have been tested, or identified as a direct contact of an individual who has tested positive, for COVID-19 and has received a call from the county Results Center or any of its community partners may return the call to 610-278-5923 to find out their results or status. All information discussed on the call is strictly confidential and is only used to trace COVID-19 cases.

Photo from the National Centers for Disease Control