May 19 COVID-19 Update: Montgomery County Reports Super-Low Numbers of New Cases

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Montgomery County reported 59 new positive cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 58,581 countywide since March 7, 2020.

There are currently 121 people hospitalized in Montgomery County hospitals due to severe COVID-19 symptoms. Of those COVID-19 patients, 20 are on ventilators.

There are 5 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Montgomery County since the last report. The current total deaths are numbered at 1,321 in Montgomery County, since March 7, 2020.

Find the Cases and Deaths by Municipality here.

Vaccine Information

County-run vaccine clinics will open for extended evening hours until 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“Our positivity rate has dropped to below 5 percent this week to 4.28 percent. This is welcome news as we continue to see more members of our community get vaccinated,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. 

“Our message to everyone is to get the vaccine today. It is more widely available than ever, it doesn’t cost you anything, and it will help protect you and your family. We all want to get back to doing the things we love, and getting vaccinated is the quickest way to do that.” 

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. 

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.
  • 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 255,607 have been fully vaccinated.

In Pennsylvania, approximately 9,785,235 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 18th, 2021:

CountyTotal CasesTotal Deaths
Berks County47,4591,020
Bucks County60,1711,287
Chester County40,318802
Delaware County51,7591,375
Lehigh County39,240850
Philadelphia County146,8973,615

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Update:
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 1,730 new positive cases of COVID-19 on May 18th, 2021, bringing the statewide total to 1,188,845 cases.

There are 1,436 people currently hospitalized due to severe COVID-19 symptoms (a decrease from last report), with 342 of those people in intensive care, a decrease from last report.

There were 38 new COVID-19 deaths reported across the State, bringing the State’s total death registry to 26,871.

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

  • Vaccine providers have administered 9,785,235 total vaccine doses as of Tuesday, May 18.
  • 4,242,190 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 60,600 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,653,191 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 5,895,381 people have received at least their first dose.
  • This week, a total of 10,154,160 doses will have been allocated through May 22:
    • 300,320 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 297,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.
  • To date, we have administered 9,785,235 doses total through May 17:
    • First/single doses: 5,895,381 administered
    • Second doses: 3,889,854 administered

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 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)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446
  • Montgomery County Community College, Health Sciences Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
  • Norristown Area High School, 1900 Eagle Drive, Norristown, PA 19403
  • 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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