Howard County Executive Calvin Ball posted the following information on Facebook on June 21st:

In Howard County, we remain committed to ensuring robust testing and an increased capability in order to fully assess and combat COVID-19 in our community. Governor Hogan recently set a target of testing 10% of the population in each jurisdiction. In light of this target, we added the percentage of our total population tested to our COVID-19 Dashboard, which shows we are at 7.97%. To date, there have been 12,490 tests administered across the County.

Please note, it is possible to have COVID-19 and not have any symptoms. If you have been to or around someone who has been in a large gathering, concerned that you may have come into contact with COVID-19, or are showing any symptoms, please get tested as soon as possible. Several locations around the county have walk-in testing available. For more information on testing, please visit

As more and more residents are getting tested, it is encouraging to note that our positivity rate continues to decline, showing a 7-day average of 5.55%. I strongly encourage residents to continue practicing physical distancing, wear face coverings when interacting with others, and frequently wash hands.

For more data, visit our COVID-19 dashboard here:


Here is the article from the state about testing: “State Health Officials Urge County Leaders to Step Up Local COVID-19 Testing Efforts; Howard County testing trails some other local jurisdictions“. In that article on April 18th it notes Howard County testing at 6.9% of population. Here is the image shared by the state on June 18th:

I will keep an eye out for an updated statewide chart as the numbers change over time.

Scott E


  1. I was wondering why Somerset had almost twice the amount of testing than the other counties in MD. First, I thought maybe there were some chicken packaging plants there. I did not locate any data. However, Somerset’s population is approx. 27,000.

    • Just a speculation because my sister lives in the sleepy beach town of South Bethany. When they first shut down the state in March, many families treated this like a snow day and packed up their cars and headed to the beach for some fun and entertainment (March was warm this year). They didn’t bring food and supplies with them. These small towns around the beach areas have limited grocery supplies during the fall/winter months due to the sparse population that live there year round. The locals were not too happy that those on the other side of the bridge decided to bring their GERMS and raid their limited supply of necessities while spreading those germs. The year round population in that area are retired, farmers and small family owned businesses that remain open year round to support the small economy.

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