May 13th COVID-19 Update: Cases Trending Way Down in Montco; Pfizer Vaccine Now Available to Teens

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Montgomery County reported 89 new positive cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, May 12th, 2021, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 58,238 countywide since March 7, 2020. The county can now vaccinate teens aged 12-16 with the Pfizer Vaccine at county-run vaccine clinics.

There are currently 141 people hospitalized in Montgomery County hospitals due to severe COVID-19 symptoms. Of those COVID-19 patients, 23 are on ventilators.

There is NO new COVID-19 deaths reported in Montgomery County since the last report. The current total deaths are numbered at 1,314 in Montgomery County, since March 7, 2020.

Find the Cases and Deaths by Municipality here.

Vaccine Information

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone age 16 and over who lives or works in Montgomery County, as well as the Pfizer vaccine for teens aged 12-15. Anyone under the age of 18 attending a COVID-19 vaccination clinic must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

“With FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15, we are extremely pleased to start vaccinating more members of our community,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners“The COVID-19 vaccine is now easier than ever to access and we encourage anyone who would like to receive the vaccine to sign up or walk up to one of our clinics.”

The County is booking appointments for people in Phases 1A, 1B and 1C, appointments are available and walk- up appointments are available too.

To learn more about criteria for each phase or to pre-register for an appointment, visit here. Weekly schedule is also noted under this link .

  • 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.
  • To register in Montgomery County, click here.
  • Residents are encouraged to check the county’s frequently asked questions webpage on the COVID-19 vaccine, which is being updated weekly.  
  • Call: 833-875-3967, Monday – Saturday (8:00am – 8:00pm)

In Montgomery County, 221,883 people have been partially vaccinated, and 234,075 have been fully vaccinated. In Pennsylvania, approximately 9,381,098 total vaccines have been administered.

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 May 12th, 2021:

CountyTotal CasesTotal Deaths
Berks County46,9381,009
Bucks County59,7441,268
Chester County40,009795
Delaware County51,4381,363
Lehigh County38,955846
Philadelphia County145,4573,569

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Update:
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 2,179 new positive cases of COVID-19 on May 3rd, 2021, bringing the statewide total to 1,179,251 cases.

There are 1,751 people currently hospitalized due to severe COVID-19 symptoms (a decrease from last report), with 406 of those people in intensive care, a decrease from last report.

There were 52 new COVID-19 deaths reported across the State, bringing the State’s total death registry to 26,659.

Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

  • Vaccine providers have administered 9,381,098 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, May 12.
  • 3,998,209 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 66,900 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,715,619 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 5,713,828 people have received at least their first dose.
  • This week, a total of 9,556,320 doses will have been allocated through May 15:
    • 320,320 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 297,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.
  • To date, we have administered 9,381,098 doses total through May 12:
    • First/single doses:  5,713,828 administered
    • Second doses:  3,667,270 administered

Updated Masking Guidance for Outdoor Sports & Exercise: Effective Friday, May 14, 2021, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health no longer requires masking/face covering while individuals are participating in high exertion activities outdoors, i.e. playing sports or exercising. 

In accordance with CDC and PADOH guidelines, masking guidance remains unchanged when individuals cannot maintain a sustained physical distance of at least 6 feet from persons outside of their household, when on the sidelines, when outdoors with a mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and when attending crowded outdoor activities. Indoor masking guidance remains unchanged.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Fully vaccinated people are permitted to participate in some activities without a mask based on CDC guidance. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Walk-ups are for first doses (Pfizer) or the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine only. 
Second doses will be scheduled by email or phone as needed.

Vaccine clinics operated by the Montgomery County OPH will be open for walk-up appointments on the following schedule this week:

Weekly vaccine clinic schedules and walk-up availability are posted here, or Montco residents can call the Montgomery County COVID-19 hotline at (833) 875-3967 for a list of locations and hours. For directions and parking information, click here.

Montgomery County is currently vaccinating people in all phases with Pfizer vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.

County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics:

  • Bethel Community Church, 575 North Keim St., Pottstown, PA 19464 (Weekday and Saturday hours)
  • Bethlehem Baptist Church, 712 Penllyn Pike, Spring House, PA 19477 (All Saturdays in May)
  • King of Prussia Mall, (former JC Penney), 160 North Gulph Road, #A110, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (Located on the 2nd level of the former JC Penney, across from True Food Kitchen and Shake Shack. Please enter from the parking lot. The entrance inside the mall is closed.)
  • Montgomery Mall (former Sears), 804 Bethlehem Pike, Suite 600, North Wales, PA 19454 (Located on the 2nd level of the former Sears location, near the food court entrance. The entrance inside the mall is closed.)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446
  • Parkside Shopping Center (between Planet Fitness and Rally House), 2522 West Moreland Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090

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.

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

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