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.

Summary: You will see in the charts a significant increase in the COVID-19 numbers I am tracking weekly. We must do everything we can to reduce these numbers…and remember…JUST WEAR THE DAMN MASK!

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

Note – this was the largest one week spike of new cases in Maryland (as I am tracking it) since the start of the pandemic.

Howard County also saw the largest number of new cases over one week since the beginning of this pandemic.

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 two weeks. 

1 death due to COVID-19 was reported in Howard County 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 significantly over the past week…exceeding 500 in a week for the first time since back in June. This metric had been trending up slightly for some time but this was a BIG jump over the past 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 number of “beds in use” had the largest increase over the past week across the state since early on in this pandemic. This is now five consecutive weeks with rising beds in use across the state.

I am still waiting for the data today (it is now noon) from the Howard County Health Department. The data in the chart above is from yesterday (7 beds in use due to COVID-19). I will try and get this updated once Howard County updates their dashboard.

The number of beds in use due to COVID-19 for Howard County is currently 9. This is lower than it was the previous week.

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.

People testing positive (as I am tracking it by persons testing positive and persons testing negative) in now up to nearly 10% (9.96%) for the past 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). I have added the positivity % reported by the state (4.54% over the past week) to this chart above (in blue).

I have also added a new chart showing the state reported % positive numbers for the state and for Howard County. This data is now also in the Google Sheet for those interested.

Here are articles about COVID-19 from Scott E’s Blog over the past week:

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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