Maryland Department of Health reports 4,009 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Howard County and 98,875 cases in Maryland on August 14th. Maryland added 715 new cases and Howard County added 42 new cases of COVID-19 in the past day.

Tomorrow I am planning another installment of my Weekly COVID-19 Charts for Howard County and Maryland. These reports have been popular and provide a good look at trends (maybe a better look at the data than the daily numbers).

The statewide COVID-19 testing positivity rate is now 3.63% and Howard County is at 3.09%.

COVID-19 Statistics in Maryland

Number of confirmed cases : 98,875
Number of persons tested negative : 1,011,398
Total testing volume : 1,557,609
Number of confirmed deaths : 3,495
Number of probable deaths : 136
Currently hospitalized : 457
Acute care : 350
Intensive care : 107
Ever hospitalized : 13,508
Released from isolation : 5,986

Cases and Deaths Data Breakdown:
Parenthesis = Confirmed death, laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result
Asterisk = Probable death, death certificate lists COVID-19 as the cause of death but not yet confirmed by a laboratory test
NH = Non-Hispanic

By County

County Cases Deaths
Allegany 326 (18)
Anne Arundel 7,564 (218) 10*
Baltimore City 13,210 (423) 15*
Baltimore County 13,699 (551) 23*
Calvert 725 (27) 1*
Caroline 457 (3)
Carroll 1,596 (115) 3*
Cecil 719 (29) 1*
Charles 2,119 (90) 2*
Dorchester 394 (5)
Frederick 3,173 (114) 7*
Garrett 54
Harford 2,085 (66) 3*
Howard 4,009 (109) 6*
Kent 242 (22) 1*
Montgomery 18,819 (769) 39*
Prince George’s 24,442 (743) 23*
Queen Anne’s 468 (25) 1*
St. Mary’s 1,039 (52)
Somerset 142 (3)
Talbot 412 (4)
Washington 1,090 (31)
Wicomico 1,381 (45)
Worcester 710 (19) 1*
Data not available (14)

By Age Range and Gender

Age/Gender Cases Deaths
0-9 3,453
10-19 6,616 (1)
20-29 17,470 (21) 1*
30-39 18,545 (46) 5*
40-49 16,516 (113) 3*
50-59 14,690 (278) 15*
60-69 10,071 (570) 12*
70-79 6,195 (863) 25*
80+ 5,319 (1,591) 75*
Data not available (12)
Female 52,119 (1,721) 70*
Male 46,756 (1,774) 66*

By Race and Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Cases Deaths
African-American (NH) 31,356 (1,433) 53*
Asian (NH) 1,805 (130) 6*
White (NH) 21,800 (1,475) 67*
Hispanic 24,465 (406) 10*
Other (NH) 4,338 (36)
Data not available 15,111 (15)

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.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Do you know whether these positivity numbers represent statistical sampling of the community or are simply the percentage of people who go in for testing and are COVID positive?

    The latter seems like it would be worse than meaningless and potentially misleading: when flu season starts, many more people will get tested (because flu symptoms are similar) so the percentage of COVID positive tests will go down but that will mean absolutely nothing relative to the actual rate of COVID infection in the community.

      • Do you think there is any significance to these numbers?

        I assume that at present the people being tested are significantly ill, are required to be tested (e.g. healthcare workers), or believe that they may have been exposed. I’m not sure how well that correlates to the infection rate in the general population, particularly with a disease that can be asymptomatic or have symptoms not severe enough to motivate testing or hospitalization.

        If we want to understand the prevalence of COVID in the general population, it seems like statistical sampling is needed. Otherwise, these reports may be irrelevant or misleading and seem like a particularly poor metric on which to base public policy decisions (like opening schools, restaurants, bars, etc.). Once flu season starts, it seems likely that the positive test *rate* will go down because more people will get tested who have the flu, not COVID, however that won’t say anything about the rate of COVID infection in the general population.

        Am I misunderstanding something?

  2. The discrepancy between State of Md and JH numbers continues to be confusing, and the article from Patch has not brought any more clarity.
    Essentially, is the state counting the number of people screened, or the number of screenings, I.e. one person may have had more than one test attempt ?!?
    Same question for JH. One would assume that if showing the rate of test attempts, that would result in a lower number for positivity. Any thoughts?

  3. The nightly news the other night stated that the African/American community had been hit the hardest. I guess that statement does not apply in HoCo.

    (deaths/cases)
    Asian 7.2%
    White 6.8%
    African/American 4.6%
    Hispanic 1.7%

    • Old Timer: where did you get those numbers? Since you’re quoting exact percentages, this isn’t something you just “heard on the nightly news”. If there’s actual data to support your post, please share it.

      Here’s the data for HoCo if anyone’s interested:
      https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Countywide-Updates
      https://bao.arcgis.com/covid-19/jhu/county/24027.html

      Hispanic: 3.2%
      African American: 1.43%
      White: 0.75%
      Asian: 0.52%

      • Maybe, my math is incorrect. but, I don’t think so.
        I used the formula deaths/total cases.
        1,433/31,356 is 4.6%
        What am I assuming incorrectly?

        I do notice that the numbers below are statewide.
        The problem with the HoCo numbers are the ‘unknown’.

        Race/Ethnicity Cases Deaths
        African-American (NH) 31,356 (1,433) 53*
        Asian (NH) 1,805 (130) 6*
        White (NH) 21,800 (1,475) 67*
        Hispanic 24,465 (406) 10*
        Other (NH) 4,338 (36)
        Data not available 15,111 (15)

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