Below are the weekly tracking charts in Howard County and Maryland 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 are the weekly tracking charts looking at the total number of reported cases in Maryland and Howard County:
Note – The numbers at the state level seem pretty consistent over the past 4 weeks (even with the slight decrease this past week) where at the local level we have seen a steady up tick in number of cases.
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 related to COVID-19 lowered a bit at the state level and was actually the lowest number over a week timeframe in my weekly charts…and Howard County reported the fist two deaths in a couple of weeks.
Here is the weekly tracking chart of hospitalizations (“ever hospitalized”) in Maryland:
Note – The number of Hospitalizations “ever hospitalized” remained below 300 this past week. Hoping this remains the new normal and the numbers keep falling.
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. The state saw its first uptick in beds in use due to COVID-19 in a while (a slight increase). Hopefully we see these number continue to drop in future days and weeks.
Howard County remains under 10 beds in use due to COVID-19 and lowered once again this week.
Here is the weekly tracking of number of people tested weekly across the state (looking at positive cases and people testing negative):
Note – If there are any real concerning numbers this week (AGAIN) it is this…Testing (as I am tracking it by persons testing positive and persons testing negative) was below 60,000 this past week. This is a low number…like really low…like early/mid-July kind of numbers.
People testing positive exceeded 6% (as I am tracking it) for the first time since early August and the highest level on my tracking since mid-June. Less testing would seem to account for part of that increase…but maybe not all of it…I am not 100% sure today. We all need to watch these numbers.
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 Tuesday and Thursday (unless something significant needs to be reported on the other days) during the week. Weekly weekend charts will continue to happen on Saturday or Sunday (depending on my schedule and the timing of the release of the information).