Montgomery County COVID-19 Update for February 1, 2022
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX -- Montgomery County Public Health District, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, continues to encourage eligible populations to be fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have been vaccinated and/or boosted tend to have mild symptoms and the majority can recover at home. Need to find a vaccine or a vaccine booster shot? Click here for vaccine sites: https://www.vaccines.gov/.
If you are diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 , please follow the CDC guidance here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html.
MCPHD reports weekly on Tuesdays, but DSHS updates daily at this link: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/45e18cba105c478697c76acbbf86a6bc.
Since our last report on 1/25/2022:
• Total cases of COVID-19 increased by 4,075 to 129,631. *Total cases include confirmed (PCR testing) and probable (antigen testing) cases.
• Deaths of Montgomery County residents have increased by 17 to 1,195 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, according to data from DSHS.
• 222 confirmed cases of COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in Montgomery County. SETRAC data for regional hospitalizations can be found here: https://bit.ly/3jwhdiV.
Please note, DSHS is no longer posting active and recovered estimates for a number of reasons.
• They were estimates based on research from early in the pandemic on the proportion of people who required hospitalization and the length of time it took hospitalized and non-hospitalized people to resolve their symptoms.
• With changes in the virus, that proportion and timeline has changed, so the resulting calculations were no longer accurate.
• Plus, we now know the risk of transmitting the virus decreases before symptoms are completely resolved.
• Recovery estimates are less meaningful when people have gotten infected and recovered multiple times or may have recovered from one infection but not recovered from a second.
• In moving to providing annual data, there’s no straightforward way to assign active and recovered estimates to a year.
• There are no longer any state executive orders that rely on active or recovered cases.
The Testing Positivity Rate for Montgomery County has increased to 34%, up from 33% last week.
Source: UT Health, School of Public Health
The COVID-19 dashboard for Montgomery County can be found here: https://coronavirus-response-moco.hub.arcgis.com/.
Do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to be vaccinated. You should also:
· Get tested if you feel sick.
· Avoid groups of people.
· Practice social distancing.
· Wear a mask in public (over your nose and mouth) or with others who live outside your household. Never share a mask with others.
· Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
· Disinfect surfaces in your car and around your home.