Montco officials: Peak of cases may have passed, but new cases have been holding steady

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio)  The total of positive cases of coronavirus in Montgomery County is now over 3,200 as officials say they have 119 new cases. Five more county residents have died after testing positive, bringing the county death toll to 179. And county officials say the peak of cases might have been in early April, but they’ve been holding steady recently.

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh said on April 5 and April 6, results from the county’s community-based testing site came back at 24% positive. 

She said that has gone down to 14%. 

“So we’ve come down, but we’ve been pretty steady at 14%. I say that as a reminder that we’re not continuing to tick down,” she said. 

Arkoosh said hospitals continue to report open beds in general and in their ICUs, but that number is starting to go down as well.

And in Bucks County, Health Department Director Dr. David Damsker is looking at the summer months that are coming up, reminding people to not get too excited for pool season unless you have one in your backyard.

While chlorine can kill the coronavirus, he’d be concerned about a lack of social distancing at public pools.

He said if you have a backyard pool, it’s safe for you and members of your household, but the same rules barring outside visitors would apply to the pool as well.

“If you have a pool in your home and you’re able to keep your own immediate family in that pool, you’re exposed to your family everyday anyway. But public pools at this point, I think we need to be careful,” he said. 

Bucks County now has almost 2,300 confirmed positive cases, with 123 fatalities.