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 seem pretty consistent (even with the slight increase this past week at the state level and the slight decrease locally). I believe testing numbers are a big part driving these numbers today.
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 fell below 40 across the state over the past week (this is the first time I have seen this in my tracking charts since March 2020). Howard County reported 1 death due to COVID-19 over the past week.
Here is the weekly tracking chart of hospitalizations (“ever hospitalized”) in Maryland:
Note – The number of Hospitalizations “ever hospitalized” rose back above 300 this past week. Hoping to see those numbers drop back down next week.
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 a nice decrease and the numbers today (324 beds in use across the state) are the lowest since March 2020.
Howard County remains under 10 beds in use due to COVID-19 even with the slight uptick over the past week (currently 8 beds in use today).
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 back above 70,000 this past week. Nice to see these numbers on the rise again…but still not as high of numbers as we saw back in mid-July and August.
People testing positive fell back below 6% (as I am tracking it). It is still well over 5% and the lack of people being tested could be part of that reason. I would like to see these numbers fall back below 5% in the very near future.
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).