Montco Records Positive Trends in Hospitalization Numbers, Ready to Receive First Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccines


After a post-Thanksgiving surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases, Montgomery County has finally recorded nearly the same hospitalization numbers as the previous week, write Justine McDaniel, Anna Orso, and Sean Collins Walsh for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“We’ve been experiencing an unprecedented surge in cases since Thanksgiving but are hopeful that we’re starting to level off and hopefully we will begin to trend downward,” said County Commissioners’ Chair Val Arkoosh.

County hospitals are also expecting to receive their first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. But as is the case in other counties, there are not enough doses for everybody working in the hospitals to be vaccinated right away, so the first batch will be administered to prioritized workers.

And while there is hope that the cases are finally plateauing, hospitals are still facing critical limits in staffing as a high number of infected patients are hospitalized.

“We continue to be in a very serious and rapidly evolving situation,” said Arkoosh. “In a few short months, there will be a safe and effective vaccine for our community at large, but we need to hunker down between now and then.”

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