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.

I am going to mention in the beginning of the article this week that there is not a lot of positive looking numbers seen over the past week and there are trends starting to emerge that are becoming a little concerning with the numbers and data.

Here are the weekly tracking charts looking at the total number of reported cases in Maryland and Howard County:

Note – number of new cases remains steady per what we saw a week ago. Hopefully the number of new cases begins to drop down again soon because the trend over the past four weeks does not look great.

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 – Another rise in the number of reported deaths due to COVID-19 over the past week. This number exceeded 50 in a week for the first time since late August. This is the most concerning of all numbers this week.

Howard County reported 1 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 four consecutive weeks of rising numbers). This remains 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 is now three consecutive weeks with rising beds in use across the state. While we are no where near our peak numbers in the state this is now a trend that we should all be concerned about today.

Here in Howard County we jumped up again…but we are not seeing a weekly uptick trend locally. We are seeing swings up and down week to week in the total beds in use. This is not a number I am concerned about yet…but will watch closely.

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 above 70,000 for the week across the state….so this remains consistent for now.

People testing positive (as I am tracking it by persons testing positive and persons testing negative) jumped above 6% for the past week. This is the first time I have noted this number above 6% since back in early / mid September.

Reported back on October 19th: Howard County reports contact tracing efforts have revealed that 35% of COVID-19 cases are due to family gatherings. As we move into the “holiday season” with holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years…holidays that are known for family gatherings or house parties we need to be mindful of the potential of more rising numbers as we have seen over the past few weeks.

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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