The following information was provided from Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on November 29th:

As we pass the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important that residents continue to take preventative measures to ensure the safety of our family, friends, and neighbors. To date in Howard County, we have 8,075 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,678 total recoveries, and 151 of our neighbors have sadly passed from this virus. Additionally, we administered 12,557 tests last week, surpassing our goal of 6,500 tests per week for the 20th consecutive week.

As of 9:00 a.m. this morning and according to the Maryland Department of Health, our 7-day average positivity rate is 5.33% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is 29.6. While we are lower than the State average for both these measures, which are at 6.5% and 34.2 respectively, it remains an extreme cause for concern for Howard County. It’s vital that we do everything to reverse this trend and work together to reach the CDC’s and the Governor’s goal of a positivity rate below 5% and a 7-day average case rate below 10.

Our unit utilization rates at the Howard County General Hospital are 69.7% in our ICU Unit, 67.7% in our Acute Care Unit, and 9.6% of our ventilators are in use. Today, there are 46 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care units. As we see more COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise, we are in a heightened monitoring state.

We are pleased that many of our residents took preventative measures while celebrating Thanksgiving. However, it remains critical that we continue to take personal actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, especially as we are in the midst of the holiday season. Wear a face covering, practice 6-feet physical distancing, and wash your hands frequently. It’s that simple.

For more COVID-19 data and information, please visit https://bit.ly/3b5vqOO

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Scott E

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