We have another week of interesting data related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Howard County and in Maryland. Below are the weekly tracking charts I have been working on for some time now and some comments on the data this week. If interested in the data behind the charts I have this handy Google Sheet with the specifics of the data noted on the graphs in this article.

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

Note – The number of new COVID-19 cases Maryland continues to rise each week over the past five weeks. Testing remains at all time high levels in the state (see below)…so you must understand both sides of these data points. That all being said I think we all are looking forward to when these numbers start trending in the other direction.

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 – if there is any data point to be concerned about (to me) it is this one. The rise “again” in deaths in the state over the past week is concerning. This is the data point I will continue to track closely.

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

Note – after a drop last week this jumped up over the past week. I am hoping to see this number decrease over time again.

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 continue to see additional increases in bed use at the state level. This is concerning and I hope Maryland can get this under control sooner rather than later.

Note 2- Howard County numbers reduced this week (now reporting only 13 totals beds in use due to COVID-19). This is a good sign locally.

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 4.47%.”

Note – More than 104,000 people tested again this week (nearly the same number as last week). The percent positive broke the 6% mark for the first time since mid-June. That is the number I am watching plus the state reported positivity rate (which dropped from 4.48% to 4.47% this week).

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

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.

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

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 continue to happen when there are significant items to review.