ELKTON, Md. (WJZ) — The Cecil County Department of Health said Thursday officials reported a “significant increase” in COVID-19 cases and testing positivity rate.

Since the beginning of September, 169 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Cecil County, exceeding the 158 cases reported during the entire month of August.

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The seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 testing has also increased from 2% on August 31 to 5.3% as of September 17, which is above the 5% benchmark recommended by the World Health Organization for reopening.

The Cecil County Department of Health said it wants to remind residents to follow CDC-recommended COVID-19 health guidelines.

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For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

CBS Baltimore Staff