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County COVID cases increasing

FONDA — After several weeks with a downward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases, numbers are starting to trend upwards again in Montgomery County, according to officials.

During the county’s weekly COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort said there were 118 new positive COVID-19 cases for the week.

“We’re starting to see a little bit of a slight uptick; I’m not completely worried about it, but I definitely want to urge caution,” Ossenfort said.

He said if community members want to continue to have sporting events, or to have proms, graduations and other future social events this year, then they should “keep an eye on these numbers.”

“I am definitely a little concerned and want to keep an eye on the numbers going up rather than going down,” Ossenfort said. “We were at 63 two weeks ago, now we’re up to 118.

The positivity rate as of Sunday was 2.4 percent and the seven-day rolling average has been 4.1 percent.

“We would like to see that lower,” Ossenfort said.

He said if those numbers continue to go up, more restrictions will be put in place.

When it comes to vaccinations, Ossenfort said Montgomery County is doing really well. He said 30.3 percent of the county’s population has at least had one vaccine dose.

“With us over the 30 percent threshold, I think that’s good news,” Ossenfort said.

He said he’d like to see herd immunity this year.

On Tuesday, all New Yorkers 30 and older can now get the vaccine, and starting on April 16 those ages 16 and older can get vaccinated.

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