February 23 Update: COVID-19 Cases on Slight Increase, Still Very High Risk Level

Christine Tarlecki
covid update MT

Montgomery County reported 336 new positive cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, February 22, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 46,096 countywide since March 7, 2020.

There are currently 140 people hospitalized in Montgomery County hospitals due to severe COVID-19 symptoms. Of those COVID-19 patients, 20 are on ventilators, which is a decrease from the last report.

There are 2 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Montgomery County. The current total deaths are numbered at 1,197 in Montgomery County, since March 7, 2020.

Find the Cases and Deaths by Municipality here.

Vaccine Information
Montgomery County has information to determine if you are eligible and to answer any questions you may have.

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released a map that highlights all the locations that are providing the COVID-19 vaccine in Montgomery County to those who are eligible within the first phase of the state’s rollout plan.
  • Due to the limited supply of vaccine at this time, only people who qualify for Phase 1A will be given appointments.
  • Appointment slots are limited and are available by reservation only.
  • Walk-up registration is not accepted.
  • To learn more about the 1A criteria or request an appointment, click here.
  • Please check with the provider to ensure they have the vaccine if you are eligible.
  • Residents are encouraged to check the county’s frequently asked questions webpage on the COVID-19 vaccine, which is being updated weekly.  
  • This week, a total of 3,172,900 doses will have been allocated through February 27:
  • 225,890 first doses will have been allocated this week.
  • 180,610 second doses will have been allocated this week.

Neighboring Counties
The following is an update in COVID-19 data from Montgomery County’s neighboring counties, as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

As of February 22nd, 2021:

CountyTotal CasesTotal Deaths
Berks County35,105880
Bucks County44,1051,114
Chester County30,004714
Delaware County40,1321,218
Lehigh County30,230746
Philadelphia County111,7193,089

Cases by Nearby Counties

Pennsylvania Covid-19 Facts:
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 3,427 new positive cases of COVID-19 on February 22, 2021, bringing the statewide total to 915,018.

There are 1,959 people currently hospitalized due to severe COVID-19 symptoms (a decrease from last report), with 421 of those people in intensive care, also a decrease from last report.

There were 44 new COVID-19 deaths reported across the State (a decrease from last report), bringing the State’s total death toll to 23,319.

Stay well:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out, you are required to wear a mask when in a business or where it is difficult to maintain proper social distancing.

COVID-19 Testing in Montgomery County
Montgomery County’s testing sites are by appointment only. Register online or call 610-970-2937, and are self-administered.

Ardmore – 114 W. Lancaster Ave

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 4pm-6pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday – 12pm-2pm
    Register Here

Green Lane – 2144 Snyder Rd

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 4pm-6pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday – 12pm-2pm
    Register Here

Lansdale – 421 W. Main St

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 4pm-6pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday – 12pm-2pm
    Register Here

Norristown – 1401 Dekalb Pike

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday – 3pm-5pm
    Register Here

Pottstown – 364 King St

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 12pm-2pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday – 4pm-6pm
    Register Here

Willow Grove – 1678 Fairview Ave

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 12pm-2pm
  • Tuesday & Thursday – 4pm-6pm
    Register Here

Additional testing sites, many of which operate over the weekend, can be found here.

COVID-19 Alert PA App
In addition to following state guidelines, such as wearing a mask in all businesses, washing hands frequently, and practicing social distancing, The Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched the COVID-19 Alert PA app as an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Alert PA app uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS) by Apple and Google. Upon downloading the COVID-19 Alert PA app, the user has the option to receive notifications if they have potentially been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Users can aid in fighting the spread of COVID-19 by opting to report to the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the app daily if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. In response, the app will provide information on what to do and allow the user to track their symptoms.

The app also provides users with the latest facts and figures on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

Additional Information
Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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 any of our 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.

Have more questions about being tested for COVID-19 in Montgomery County like ‘Do I need an appointment?’ or ‘Do I need insurance?’ Check out the County’s testing Q&A page here.