There are not any significant items this week with the COVID-19 numbers from Howard County and Maryland (they continue to track downward for the most part) but sometimes it is just good to take a look at the numbers and stay up to date on what is happening.

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 now seen four consecutive weeks of less cases reported over a week long period. At the local level the numbers look odd this week…and for good reason…the state of Maryland made corrections twice this week (June 14 and June 16) reducing the number of new cases in Howard County. We can guess that maybe the week prior was way over reported and why the numbers are so low this week in Howard County.

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 five 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 and the numbers really dropped off this past week.

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 six weeks across the state. In Howard County the numbers seem to be bouncing up and down over the past five weeks. Something to watch in Howard County per their 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 for Acute Care (94%). Just something to continue to watch going forward.

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

Note – It is great to watch the percent positive continue to fall every week…especially when the number of new cases continues to fall every week. This is the kind of trending we all want to see here in Maryland.

Some notable stories this week:

  • State Health Officials Urge County Leaders to Step Up Local COVID-19 Testing Efforts; Howard County testing trails some other local jurisdictions (READ HERE)

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 COVID-19 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 weekend charts will happen when notable numbers are noted in the future in Howard County or Maryland.