Montco Health Officials Urge Residents to Follow Guidelines or Risk “Exponential Surge” in Cases

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COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Montgomery County are increasing at an alarming pace, said Montgomery County Commissioners Chair Dr. Val Arkoosh. Image via Montcopa.org.

After the growth in the number of infected residents, Montgomery County health officials are asking everybody to follow guidelines or risk “an exponential surge” in cases, writes Jim Melwert for the KYW Newsradio.

The 14-day positivity rate in the county is now at 3.16 percent, up nearly a percentage point above last week, said Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh. Hospitalizations have gone up as well.

Arkoosh pointed to a model provided by the CHOP’s policy lab that shows a potentially “very dramatic, exponential surge of cases” in the next couple of weeks.

Multiple factors are leading to the fall resurgence of the virus, including colder weather that allows the virus to stay in the air longer. And since the number of cases has remained so low for so long in the county, some residents have become more relaxed about masks and social distancing.

“And others are still not wearing a mask and ignoring guidelines,” she said.

She emphasized that social gatherings are still among the lead causes of spread and asked people to either have their Halloween parties outside or cancel them altogether.

Read more about the issue at the KYW Newsradio by clicking here.

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