The number of new cases for COVID-19 has jumped significantly over the past two weeks, with the local health department reporting 85 new cases. This brings the total case count to 1,328, including 40 who have died from the virus. Currently, there are 12 local individuals hospitalized from the virus.

The county continues to remain in the top tier of counties for the number of cases on a per capita basis with only McDowell, Duplin, Scotland and Robeson having more cases than Montgomery per capita.

The nursing facilities continue to report no new cases and Southern Correction is reporting no active cases at this time’ however, the number of cases in the Montgomery County Jail continues to soar.

After testing all inmates and staff, 92 total. 62 were negative and 30 were positive. Seven of the positive were staff, five of which were symptomatic and two were asymptomatic. Of the 23 inmates, five were symptomatic and 18 were asymptomatic. One inmate, a 67-year-old male was hospitalized for five days and then returned to jail. A guard had to be assigned to him around the clock.

Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins reported that seven staff members were out of work, six for COVID isolation and one for another medical issue.