Montco officials say virus peaked for general public, but nursing home cases continue to climb

EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Montgomery County announced 69 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, but county Commissioner Val Arkoosh isn’t reading into that number too much.

They didn’t receive results from their community-based testing site on Monday, so she thinks the number of new cases is artificially low.

But based on data from the testing site, Arkoosh said it appears the general number of cases in the county peaked in early April, when roughly 24% of tests were coming back positive.

“Our recent numbers from Thursday, Friday of last week when we re-opened (at Montgomery County Community College) were down to about 14%. Our last couple days at the Temple Ambler site were 16% percent, so I think that looks like a pretty steady decrease,” she said.

The county announced another eight deaths, too, bringing the total deaths to 172. The majority came from long-term care facilities — 107 of the county’s 172 deaths came from nursing homes.

Arkoosh also said they are keeping an eye on antibody testsblood tests that can show if someone has been infected by COVID-19 — but so far, she said they’re hearing the accuracy may be in question.

For now, Arkoosh said they’re more concerned about testing for the virus to keep essential workers healthy and safe.

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