Montgomery County has reached the number one spot in the state on per capita cases, surpassing Duplin County for the undesirable spot. Along with that spot comes the increase in the number of deaths, which have risen to 27 as of yesterday. Several of those deaths have occurred at the two long-term care facilities in the county, Autumn Care and Sandy Ridge.

Montgomery County is showing a per capita rate of 362 cases per 10,000 residents, which leads the state. The county has been hovering at the top spot for several weeks; however, those numbers are likely to decline with the closing of the mobile testing centers across the county. Those sites closed following a significant decline in those seeking testing.

Residents can still be tested at their primary care provider or at the local health department if they are showing symptoms.

Yesterday’s update shows the county with a total of 1,152 positive cases, with 363 of those still in isolation. There are 12 individuals currently hospitalized with the virus. There have been eight new cases in the last four days.

The age group continuing to lead in the number of cases is the 25-49 age group. Females account for 56% of the cases. The numbers have changed in the ethnicity counts with whites having the majority of the cases at 45%. Hispanics have dropped out of the top spot and now account for 41% of the cases.

Autumn Care in Biscoe is showing an ongoing total of 29 staff and 53 residents testing positive, with seven deaths at the facility due to COVID-19. Sandy Ridge shows an ongoing total of 13 staff and 41 residents testing positive, with four deaths contributed to the virus. The number of individuals who have recovered at these facilities is not known since the state only shows cumulative numbers.

Southern Correction is showing nine inmates testing positive at the facility. The correctional system continues to move inmates around, which accounts for several of the cases.

Biscoe overwhelmingly leads the county in cases with 300, followed by Candor with 234 cases. Troy has 220 cases, Star with 90 cases and Mt. Gilead has 64

cases. Rocky Springs Township is showing 59 cases.