This has been another week of interesting (and encouraging) 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 my quick overall summary: The numbers look really good this week. Cases are down, deaths are down, hospitalizations are down, beds in use are down (across the state), % positive tests (of people) are at an all time low…pretty decent numbers across the board this week….except for one metric…Howard County saw a spike in the number of beds in use due to COVID-19.
Here is the weekly tracking charts looking at the total number of reported cases in Maryland and Howard County:
Note – It is great to see the number of new cases continue to fall at the state level and in Howard County. These numbers are trending in the way we all want them to trend.
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 lower number of deaths related to COVID-19 at the state level and in Howard County is encouraging. Hopefully we reach a point when this totally rock bottoms.
Here is the weekly tracking chart of hospitalizations (“ever hospitalized”) in Maryland:
Note – Hospitalizations had been in a holding pattern for five weeks so the drop over the past week is encouraging.
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. Three consecutive weeks of lower numbers of beds in use at the state level. Not as big a drop this week as we had seen the previous two week but lower numbers is still a good thing.
Howard County…after hitting a low number of less than 10 beds in use this week the county saw a spike up to 21 beds in use reported today. This is obviously a little concerning and numbers to watch closely this next week.
Here is the weekly tracking of number of people tested weekly across the state (looking at positive cases and people testing negative):
Note – Testing (as I am tracking it by persons testing positive and persons testing negative) was a bit lower this past week. The number of people testing positive hit another all time low this week. There is a lot of discussion about which numbers (total tests positive or total people testing positive) but both of those numbers are on a downward trend.
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 Google spreadsheet for tracking some of the daily Maryland and Howard County 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.