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 many of the numbers in my charts are now tracking in the wrong direction. It will be interesting to see what actions are (or are not) taken in the future if Maryland continues to head in the wrong direction related to COVID-19.
Here are the weekly tracking charts looking at the total number of reported cases in Maryland and Howard County:
Note – there was a significant spike in the number of new cases across the state. Normally this is due to more testing…that is not the case over the past week (as you will see below). This should be a concern to everyone.
Howard County also had a spike of new cases of COVID-19 over the past week. These numbers had been holding steady locally but this is a metric to watch going forward.
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 reported deaths due to COVID-19 over the past week remained consistent with the previous week. This number exceeded 50 in a week for the second time since late August.
Howard County reported 3 deaths due to COVID-19 over the past week….the most reported in a week since mid-August.
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 five 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 15th. 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 four consecutive weeks with rising beds in use across the state. We are now back to where things stood back in early August. This is not a good trend at all.
Here in Howard County the number of beds in use dropped by 1…but still remains higher than I think most people would like at this time.
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.
People testing positive (as I am tracking it by persons testing positive and persons testing negative) jumped above 8% for the past week. This is the most concerning of all the numbers reported this week. Again…I know this is a different number than what the state is putting out (as they are looking at total tests positive and I am looking at “people” testing positive vs negative).
Here is hoping that the holiday season ahead of us does not continue the current COVID-19 trends in Maryland.
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).