Noted in the latest “The Ball Bulletin” via email:

As was largely anticipated, with impending cooler weather we have seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 spread throughout our community. On Thursday, November 5th, we saw the second highest number of daily cases of COVID-19 in Howard County with 82 cases, according to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). The highest number of daily cases was last recorded on May 23rd with 83 cases.

I understand the pandemic fatigue we all are feeling, but this is a wake-up call. We need to resume the personal practices our residents embraced this Spring to slow the spread of this virus and keep one another safe.

As of 9:00 a.m. today and according to MDH, our positivity rate is at 3.99% with our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population at 15. Our case rate previously peaked at 12.7 per 100k on August 1st and was at its lowest on June 27th at 4.9 per 100k. We have administered a total of 195,205 tests, with 34.5% of population tested.

Please remember Governor Hogan has mandated that residents wear a face covering when in public, with anyone outside of our household, and in places where physical distancing is not feasible. Continue to wash your hands frequently, especially after touching common public surfaces. Businesses should continue to telework as much as possible. Residents should avoid gatherings with those outside of their household.

Additionally, Governor Hogan has reissued a travel advisory for Maryland residents visiting states that have a positivity rate of over 10%. Residents are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test if they have possible exposure to the virus or have participated in a higher risk activity such as travel out of state or gatherings outside your household. To find a list of all COVID-19 testing locations in Howard County, please visit HcHealth.org.

For more data and COVID-19 information, please click here.

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Keep up with the latest data (daily and weekly) in this handy Google Sheet I use to track the data: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OVZO0oIaEC__KXZ9LwtnhawO1NhdqE78VJ9Hd5LCQ0k/edit?usp=sharing

Scott E

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