What to consider as COVID-19 numbers rise again in Montgomery, Fairfax Counties | OMCP News

With COVID-19 cases seeing an uptick in the DC area and hospitalizations remaining low, those most at risk are advised to ask their doctor for information about additional precautions and other treatments.

The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases has pushed Montgomery County, Maryland into the medium category for community transmission, just like Fairfax County, Virginia.

While hospitalizations in the DC area remain relatively low, the most vulnerable people are of concern.

People who are immunocompromised or at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should ask their healthcare provider if they should wear a mask or take other precautions, such as routine testing, according to the Centers for Disease Control. and Prevention.

“And, we strongly encourage anyone in these categories to wear masks when in indoor gathering places with people outside their household,” said Sean O’Donnell, public health emergencies manager. for Montgomery County Health and Human Services.

O’Donnell also advised people at high risk for COVID-19 to speak with health care providers about whether they are good candidates for treatments, such as oral antivirals or monoclonal antibodies.

“Have that conversation before you test positive, so you already know what your options are if you get that test and can expedite that response,” he said.

Over the past week, there has been a nearly 20% increase in the number of people going to county sites for testing. But O’Donnell said there was plenty of capacity and there were PCR lab tests available to pick up, administer at home and drop off for treatment. Rapid home antigen tests and N95 masks can be picked up at any county library.

During a Monday briefing, O’Donnell said Montgomery County’s COVID-19 case rates are currently 216 per 100,000. With factors also including rates of new hospital admissions, once number exceeds 200, community transmission category changes from low to medium.

Community levels of COVID-19 calculated for Fairfax County on May 5 were 210.1 cases per 100,000 people.

Like OMCP on Facebook and follow OMCP on Twitter and Instagram to start a conversation about this article and others.

Get the latest news and daily headlines delivered to your inbox by signing up here.

© 2022 OMCP. All rights reserved. This website is not intended for users located in the European Economic Area.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.