The number of active COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County fell by 17, and new recoveries from the disease rose by 147 July 8, according to a daily update from the county public health district and office of emergency management.

The county's active case count fell for the second straight day and now stands at 1,032, including 32 hospitalizations of county residents. More than 1,700 people, representing around 61% of the county's confirmed COVID-19 cases, have now recovered.

The county's total case count rose by nearly 5% July 8 to 2,784 after 130 new cases were reported. The county's seven-day average of new cases also reached a new high.

A total of 227 people—including residents of other counties—are now hospitalized throughout the county, according to Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council data. Of those, 173 are in general beds, and 54 are in ICU beds.