February Positive Rate Lowest Since Last Fall


Montgomery County remains on track for the lowest number of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases since last fall.

During the first three days this week (Feb. 21-23), the Montgomery County Health Department reported 18 new positive test results for a positivity rate of 2.5 percent.  So far this month, there have been 196 new positives, or 8.5 new cases per day.  That’s the lowest per-day average since the 8.4 number in October–far better than the 22.8 new cases per day average during the holiday surge months of December and January.

As vaccinations go up and cases go down, school children are also reaping the reward.  Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell reported on Tuesday, Feb. 23, that the district quarantine count had fallen to 22, “the lowest number of quarantined students and staff we have had since September.  The count was above 150 six weeks ago, just over 100 three weeks ago, and has continued its steady decline.”

School quarantines have impacted athletics, though.  Litchfield High School boys and girls basketball teams began competing after coming off quarantine last week on Feb. 19, but the Lincolnwood High School boys basketball has entered quarantine protocol through March 6.


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