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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CBS Baltimore Staff