Montgomery County’s active COVID-19 case numbers in October to date are less than half of their peak in September, according to an Oct. 6 update from the county’s public health department.

According to the county’s dashboard, active cases in the county have been decreasing since Sept. 17. As of Oct. 6, there are 6,183 active cases, compared to the Sept. 8 record of 13,756.

The county dashboard also reported 57.84% of residents had at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 52.58% reported Sept. 1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended third doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Sept. 24 for anyone older than 65, those with underlying medical conditions and people at an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission due to their workplace.

COVID-19 patients make up 11.8% of hospital capacity in Montgomery County to date, according to the county’s dashboard.

Antibody infusion center sees reduced demand

At the latest Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting, Jason Millsaps, the director of the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, provided an update on the county’s monoclonal antibody center.

Millsaps confirmed the federal policy change affecting the distribution of monoclonal antibody infusion treatments meant the county’s center, which opened Aug. 16, was receiving less doses than it previously gained from the state government.

Millsaps also testified to the treatment’s effectiveness in easing strains on county hospitals, noting despite the rise in cases at the end of August, hospital numbers “plateaued.”

“To my knowledge, not a single [patient] that received an infusion had to go to the hospital,” Millsaps said.

County Judge Mark Keough also praised the treatment at the meeting, calling it “an effective tool in our toolbox for fighting COVID.”