I have been writing articles for some time providing a weekly look at the COVID-19 data in Maryland and Howard County. I think the weekly numbers provide a better look at the trends happening with the numbers reported daily.

I thought this would be a good time to start looking at the monthly data to provide more details about the COVID-19 trends across the state and locally. This is my first article and I do plan to provide additional charts in the future as I continue to gather additional data.

All data in these charts comes from the Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard and is updated in my Google Spreadsheet.

I thought I would start with the data and numbers from Howard County.

New COVID-19 Cases (Howard County):

Notes – Howard County saw the greatest number of new COVID-19 cases in November…and in a big way. November had more new cases reported than September and October combined.

Deaths Due To COVID-19 (Howard County):

Notes – Howard County saw a significant spike in deaths related to COVID-19 in November of 2020. This was the highest number we have seen since back in July 2020.

Here are the charts I have for all of Maryland:

New COVID-19 Cases (Maryland):

Notes – Maryland saw a significant spike in new COVID-19 cases reported in November 2020. Of the 198,370 reported cases in Maryland, 26.8% of all of those cases happened in November.

Deaths Due To COVID-19 (Maryland):

Notes – November saw a big spike in reported deaths due to COVID-19. This is the most concerning of all data points in my charts. To me this is the most important metric to watch through this pandemic.

Ever Hospitalized Due To COVID-19 (Maryland):

Note – This comes from the “Ever Hospitalized” data on the dashboard. Maryland had nearly as many people hospitalized in November as we saw during the peak of this pandemic early in 2020.

Total Testing Volume By Month (Maryland)

Notes – This is the testing volume reported by the state. The numbers hit an all time high in November (probably because of all the people getting tested before Thanksgiving – plus the many testing locations across the state offer the ability for more people to get tested).

Those are the charts I have through November 2020. As stated previously I do plan on adding additional charts in future months. On my list is to add testing data for Howard County. If you have other suggestions let me know.

The data in the charts above represents what is reported on the last day of each month on the Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard (except for Testing – that data comes from the public data set from the Maryland Department of Health).

Governor Hogan will hold a press conference to provide a COVID-19 update on December 1st at 4:00pm. Given the numbers in November I would recommend watching this press conference today. It will not surprise me to see additional reopening rollbacks (not that I am hoping for that…but the data points above are very concerning).

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

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). New Monthly charts will happen around the 1st of each month.

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Scott E

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