Montgomery County continues to hold the top spot in the state for the number of cases on a per capita basis; however, the county is seeing an overall decline in positive cases for COVID-19. The county remains in an “at risk for outbreak” status with the number of new daily cases averaging 11.8 according to the COVID ActNow site. The local health department is reporting fewer than that with a total of 47 new cases in the last seven days. State sites tend to run behind the local health department numbers.

The county’s deaths have increased to 31, and 14 individuals are currently hospitalized with the virus. The total number of cases has increased to 1,199.

Biscoe continues to lead the county with 310 cases, followed by Candor with 247, Troy with 227, Star with 90, Mt. Gilead with 66, Rocky Springs with 60,

Pee Dee with 45, Uwharrie with 30, Eldorado with 29, Cheeks Creek with 27, Little River and Wadeville with 20, and Ophir with 12.

Duplin and Robeson counties are the only other counties in the state averaging over 300 cases on a per capita basis. Nearby Stanly

County is seeing that increases in their numbers are quickly approaching the 300 mark. Montgomery is currently at 377 per 10,000 residents. The numbers at Southern have leveled off.

The numbers at the two local congregate facilities, Autumn Care and Sandy Ridge, are also beginning to level off; however, Autumn Care did see three deaths in one week’s time