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Montgomery County confirms third death of Pennsylvanian from coronavirus

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Montgomery County officials reported their first death from COVID-19 on Sunday —a 72-year-old man who lived in Abington Township and had been hospitalized for several days died Saturday.

“Today, we are deeply saddened to announce the first loss of life to COVID-19 in Montgomery County. On behalf of our entire community, we extend our most heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of this individual,” said Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, chairwoman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “While most people with COVID-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, this loss of life underscores the urgent need for everyone to stay at home, unless absolutely necessary, to protect individuals who are particularly vulnerable to developing more serious illness, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as well as our critical workforces like health care workers and first responders.”

Additionally, Montgomery County officials and the Office of Public Health reported 33 additional individuals who tested positive with COVID-19, bringing the countywide total to 110 cases. That amount gives it the highest number in the state.

Statewide, there were 479 cases as of noon Sunday, according to the state Department of Health.  However, the state list had Montgomery at 87 cases. With the 23 more reported by the county, that puts the state total over 500. The state Department of Health and muncipalities don't always report the total number of cases at the same time, leading to the occasional inconsistencies in numbers.

The new Montgomery County cases are from 14 municipalities, four of which are reporting their first cases.

A breakdown of Sunday’s reported cases, according to the county:

Age range: 27 to 77

Average age: 51.8

Age brackets: two people are 20 to 29, six are 30 to 39, five are 40 to 49, 10 are 50 to 59, six are 60 to 69, and four are 70 to 79.

Gender: 15 females, 18 males

Hospitalized: 16 are not, 16 are unknown, one is hospitalized.

The first death from COVID-19 in the state was announced Wednesday. It was a man from Northampton County whose mother and sister also passed away from the coronavirus in New Jersey — Carmine Fusco, 55. The second was announced Saturday — an Allegheny County resident in their late 60s.

The map found at www.montcopa.org/covid-19 provides updated geographic and demographic information for the county. Unlike state Department of Health numbers which provide only the county of each case, Montgomery County breaks down in more details information about the coronavirus.

“While this is the largest single-day total of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Montgomery County, given the increased access to testing over the past week, including the Community Based Testing Center which opened on Friday, we fully anticipated seeing an increase in the number of positive individuals,” Arkoosh said.

The Montgomery County COVID-19 drive-through testing site at Temple University’s Ambler Campus in Upper Dublin Township opened Friday. More than 825 individuals have registered, and about 680 individuals will have completed testing by the end of the day Sunday.

The testing site will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment only as testing supplies allow.

Testing appointments are still available for individuals that meet the required criteria. For more information and to register for an appointment, visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 or call 610-631-3000.