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 – More than 15,000 new cases since last Saturday. These numbers continue to rise and rise to all time highs across Maryland.
Howard County also saw the largest number of new cases over one week since the beginning of this pandemic…and in a big way…again.
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 went over 100 for the week for the first time since back in June. The past two weeks of this metric are disturbing.
3 deaths due to COVID-19 was reported in Howard County over the past week (again). I am happy we are not seeing a spike in deaths locally but it is always sad to see any reported.
Here is the weekly tracking chart of hospitalizations (“ever hospitalized”) in Maryland:
Note – The number of Hospitalizations “ever hospitalized” went up significantly (again) over the past week…exceeding 900 in a week for the first time since back in May. This metric had been trending up for some time but this was another 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 another significant increase over the past week…exceeding the numbers from the week prior. The way this is tracking we could reach all time highs in the coming weeks.
Howard County is now reporting 37 beds in use due to COVID-19. This number is nearing the all time high for the number of beds in use locally.
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) went above 100,000 for the week across the state. This is the second highest number noted in my chart (as I am tracking it). The state reported today “Maryland Reports New Daily High of 51,510 COVID-19 Tests, Smashing Previous Records“.
People testing positive (as I am tracking it by persons testing positive and persons testing negative) in now over 14% (14.69%) 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 (7.13% over the past week) to this chart above (in blue).
I have a chart showing the state reported number and the Howard County reported number in a separate chart. Howard County finished this week over 5%.
On a final note – I am hoping that we (the citizens of Howard County) can get the local information quicker in the future. Waiting until the next day to finally get updates on the data from the Howard County Health Department is not helpful to my reporting of this information to the community. I get that the HCHD might not be able to publish their data with the state by 10:00am daily but one would hope they can be better in the future.
Here are some of the big COVID-19 related stories reported on the blog this week:
- COVID-19 restrictions by jurisdiction in Maryland as of November 16th
- To Fight COVID-19 Surge, Governor Hogan Announces Hospital Surge Measures, Statewide Capacity Restrictions
- 2,910 new COVID-19 cases in Maryland; 101 new COVID-19 cases in Howard County reported on November 19th
- Howard County highest number new COVID-19 cases in one day during this pandemic; 139 new cases reported on November 21st
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).