I have been working on redesigning my tracking charts and have recently added a new Google Sheet so that the readers can see the data behind the charts (view all of the tabs at the bottom of the sheet) and track the weekly data going forward (as the data is updated daily but reported weekly).
Here is the weekly tracking charts looking at the total number of reported cases in Maryland and Howard County:
Note – Maryland has seen the number of new cases over a week increased again. Again I think the increase in new cases is related to increases in testing (see below). That being said the increases in new cases are an area of concern for many.
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 deaths over a week due to COVID-19 rose for the first time since early May for the state. Now it was not a significant rise but notable this week. This (to me) is more concerning than the increases in new cases. Something to watch closely.
Here is the weekly tracking chart of hospitalizations (“ever hospitalized”) in Maryland:
Note – I was actually surprised to see the number of people “ever hospitalized” drop this week vs last week. Any lower numbers is a good thing in my opinion.
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. We have seen additional increases in bed use at the state level over the past two weeks. This is a big deal and if this continues I would expected additional roll backs in the re-openings across the state (see important COVID-19 stories below).
Note 2- Howard County reported the same number of beds in use as they did last week. That being said if you look at the dashboard the number of total ICU beds dropped by 9 (from 33 to 24) throwing the utilization number higher this week. I do not have an explanation for the drop in total beds today but something I may look in to over the next week.
Here is the weekly tracking of number of people tested weekly across the state (looking at positive cases and people testing negative):
Here is information about testing from the state today: “The statewide positivity rate is now 4.48%”
Note – Testing was at an all time high over the past week (again). Obviously that is one of the reasons we are seeing an increase in number of new cases. The percent positive remains “around” the 5% range over the past 6 weeks in my charts. That is the number I am watching plus the state reported positivity rate.
Important COVID-19 related stories over the past week:
- July 21: Howard County joins other counties in requesting that the state take action to curb recent COVID-19 trends in Maryland
- July 22: Baltimore City Suspends Indoor Dining At Restaurants and Bars Starting July 24th
- July 24: Anne Arundel County limits late evening indoor hours at bars and restaurants
- July 24: My COVID-19 test in Howard County on July 7th returned negative on July 24th
I will continue to track and report this data the best I can…and I hope you find the weekly data even more informative than the daily reported data from various entities (including me).
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
I have a new spreadsheet for tracking some of the daily Maryland numbers and my weekly numbers: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OVZO0oIaEC__KXZ9LwtnhawO1NhdqE78VJ9Hd5LCQ0k/edit?usp=sharing
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 continue to happen when there are significant items to review.