Testing at long-term care facilities increases daily positive case total

Montgomery County officials announced today that there have been 171 new positive test results for Coronavirus. That brings the total number of positive cases across the county to 3,383. If you are following this number day-to-day you will notice today’s number increased over what has been reported in recent days.

County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh stated that the increase was due to testing done at several long-term care facilities (about half of the 171 positive cases resulted from long-term care facilities). Arkooshed stressed that the rate of positive test results among the general public remained the same.

There were 10 additional deaths since yesterday, which brings the countywide total thus far to 189. In addition, 96 probable deaths were reported. That brings total deaths to 285.

The latest local data:

  • Conshohocken is at 24 cases, which is the same as yesterday
    • There have been zero deaths in Conshohocken
  • Whitemarsh is at 92 cases, which is five more than yesterday
    • There have been nine deaths overall in Whitemarsh
  • Plymouth is at 72 cases, which is one more than yesterday
    • There have been four deaths overall in Plymouth
  • West Conshohocken has three cases, which is one more than yesterday
    • There have been zero deaths in West Conshohocken

In regards to long-term care facilities, 837 residents and 367 staff members of these facilities have tested positive. Not all are residents of Montgomery County, so they do not all count against the county total of 3,383. This data is self-reported from the facilities and is not always consistent day-to-day.

There have been 138 confirmed deaths of Montgomery County residents connected to a long-term care facility. That means 73% of the deaths that had a positive test result. In addition, there were 65 probable deaths of county residents at long-term care facilities.

You can find the latest data from the county here.

You can watch today’s press conference below:

Posted by Montgomery County, PA on Friday, April 24, 2020