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 – We saw an uptick in new cases across the state and here locally over the past week. If you look at the past seven weeks the numbers have really remained pretty consistent.

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 state reported the lowest number of deaths in a week due to COVID-19 since late March. 

Howard County reported 1 death due to COVID-19 over the past week and the numbers locally remain really low each week. Hoping this stays that way.

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

Note – The number of Hospitalizations “ever hospitalized” jumped a bit over the past week vs the previous week but remained below 300 new hospitalizations for the week. Similar to new cases these numbers have been pretty steady for seven weeks now.

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 number of “beds in use” dropped across the state over the past week. In Howard County the number of beds in use dropped back below 10 this past week. These are the kind of numbers we want to see (and then see these numbers to continue to fall even further)

Here is the weekly tracking of number of people tested weekly across the state (looking at positive cases and people testing negative):

Note – Total testing (as I am tracking it by persons testing positive and persons testing negative) remained below 70,000 over the past week. Three of the past four weeks we have seen testing numbers (total people tested) below 70,000. 

People testing positive (as I am tracking it by persons testing positive and persons testing negative) jumped back above 5% (nearly 6% actually). This remains an important metric many people are watching closely.

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 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

Scott E

Note: Daily COVID-19 updates going forward will only happen when something significant needs to be reported 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).

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Scott E

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