I missed publishing the weekly COVID-19 numbers from Howard County and Maryland last week due to work and the fact that the numbers looked in good shape. This week some numbers still look good (at the state level) but there are some things at the local level that is worth mentioning this weekend.

Here is the weekly tracking chart looking at the total number of reported cases in Maryland and Howard County:

Note – at the state level we have not seen the number of new cases over a week this low since early April. At the local level we had a bit of a spike this week in new cases. Nothing overly concerning yet but something to monitor going forward.

Here are the weekly tracking charts of the number of deaths in Maryland and in Howard County (I still believe that this should be a critical metric to watch closely going forward):

Note – the number of COVID-19 deaths continues to drop significantly every week at the state level…the numbers at the local level have been stable for the last four weeks but no significant drops yet.

Here is the weekly tracking chart of hospitalizations (“ever hospitalized”) in Maryland:

Note – The number of people “ever hospitalized” continues to tick downward every week across the state. 

Here is the weekly tracking numbers for new ICU and Acute Hospital Beds for COVID-19, Currently in Use:

Note – this tracking has been noted as critical for Maryland and it is good to see these numbers drop week in and week out over the past five weeks across the state. In Howard County the numbers seem to be bouncing up and down over the past four weeks. More concerning might be these numbers on the dashboard:

Note – while the COVID-19 numbers are not at peak levels today (Peak for ICU is 13 and peak for Acute Care is 35) the numbers for overall “utilization” are still a bit on the high side. Just something to watch going forward.

Here is the weekly tracking of number of people tested weekly across the state:

Note – It is good to see the number of people being tested increasing and the percent positive continue to fall. That is not a big shock but still nice to see on these charts. Some interesting testing data at the local level on the Howard County Dashboard:

Note – Howard County hit an all time high for tests administered with 1,069 tests on June 12th.

I will continue to track the data weekly (to me this is more telling than looking at the day in and day out numbers) and will report out the numbers here on the blog if noteworthy information is noticed.

Here are important links with data on Coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers:

Here is a site to watch for information on Maryland cases: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

Here is the site to keep an eye on in Howard County for updates: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls

This is a good site to keep up to date with the latest coronavirus updates worldwide:  (Worldometer) https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ or (Johns Hopkins) https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html.

A local blog reader has put together this really great and informative Google spreadsheet with some great data. Be sure to give it a look daily: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19a2ACAQVz_Vi2UIcD-byZXKttTmUd8js6-kd3qLO-Ac/edit#gid=280098391

Scott E

Note: Daily updates going forward will happen on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (unless something significant needs to be reported on the other days) during the week. Weekly charts will be published on the weekend (usually Saturday) when I think there are numbers that need to be pointed out to our community.

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