Montgomery County continues to add to the COVID-19 coronavirus count each day, and Christian-Montgomery EMA Director Greg Nimmo warns that the region has hit a “warning level” that could mean further mitigation options.
“Christian and Montgomery counties have experienced an increase in cases recently in multiple settings and incidents,” Nimmo said. “This has been noted particularly in gatherings of small and larger groups. From these exposures, anywhere from two to 76 individuals have been quarantined from a single positive case.”
The Montgomery County Health Department reported five new cases since Wednesday, up to 133 as of Sunday, July 26. The first case here was reported on March 28, and that number went up to 40 over the next eight weeks (March 28-May 28). It went up only one in the four weeks following that (May 28-June 28), but in the last four weeks, the number of cases has increased by 92 cases (June 28-July 26).
Because the virus spreads easily, currently has no vaccine, and is not seasonal, “protecting those that are in the higher-risk categories such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), weakened immune system, obesity, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus should be everyone’s priority,” Nimmo said.
He urged social distancing and wearing masks while out in public around other people.
“Wearing masks shows your concern for others above yourself in case you are a potential asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19,” Nimmo said, “and has shown to slow the spread of viruses. If you consider that everyone you meet could be a carrier of COVID-19 with no symptoms and protect yourself according to CDC protocols, you are doing everything you can to keep you, your family and others safe. Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer are also strongly recommended. You do not have to live in fear of COVID, but we do ask that you do your part in keeping everyone safe.”