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 another uptick in new cases across the state and a very slight uptick here locally over the past week. At the state level the number of new cases jumping back above 4,000 is a little concerning (but testing was a bit higher this past week).
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 was another slight uptick in the number of deaths over the past week across the state and went above 40 for the week again.
Howard County reported 0 deaths 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” went up again (slightly) over the past week (this is three consecutive weeks of rising numbers). This is a little concerning as this is the most new hospitalizations in a week since the week ending August 29th. This is a trend to keep an eye on going forward.
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” had another increase over the past week across the state. This appears to be a possible trend now and this is not a metric that we can ignore.
Here in Howard County we saw a decrease in totals beds in use and we are now back below 10 beds in use as of yesterday (8 beds in use reported).
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) reached it highest level since the week ending on September 5th. It is nice to see a rise in testing across the state again.
People testing positive (as I am tracking it by persons testing positive and persons testing negative) remained above 5% (for the third week). This remains an important metric many people are watching closely. Looking at the charts the numbers remain pretty steady since late June bouncing between 4.13% and 6.54%.
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 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).