By Tammy Dunn
Montgomery County remains in the Top 10 for COVID-19 cases on a per capita basis, and the death toll has climbed to nine. The latest data show the county with 381 confirmed cases, with 201 of those still in isolation. Six individuals are currently hospitalized with the virus.
The Troy, Star, Biscoe and Candor areas continue to be the hot spots, with Biscoe nearing 100 cases at 98, Troy with 83 cases, Candor with 68 cases and Star with 38 cases. The number of cases at Autumn Care in Biscoe remains the same with six staff and six residents testing positive. One resident has died from the virus.
Emergency Management Director Robbie Smith said they have tested 658 individuals at the mobile testing sites around the county with 68 of those having a positive test. The positive test results remain the same as last week; however, Smith noted that is because they took the duplicates out. For example, some individuals are seeking test results multiple times due to their needing two negative tests before they can return to work. Smith said they will continue to operate those sites for the next several weeks, being in a different town each day. Anyone seeking to be tested is asked to call the Town Hall to schedule an appointment.
A look at the demographics shows the 25-49 year-old age group’s being the most heavily impacted at 41%. The next closest age group is the 50-64 year-olds with 21% of the cases; 65 and older, 10%; 0-17 with 15%; and 18-24 year olds at 13%.
Southern Correctional Institution is one of the few prisons in the state to have received a mass testing. Of the 290 tested, the department is reporting only four positive results.