As we enjoy this holiday weekend, it’s important we all remain diligent in slowing the spread of COVID-19 with our families, friends, and neighbors. To date in Howard County, we have 10,838 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 5,914 active cases, 4,739 total recoveries, and 185 of our neighbors have sadly passed from this virus.
As of 9:00 a.m. today and according to the Maryland Department of Health, our 7-day average positivity rate is at 5.45% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is at 28.20. While our positivity rate is slightly above 5%, our case rate is still significantly above the CDC’s recommendation of 10 which is a call for continued vigilance. I strongly encourage residents to continue following the preventative measures we’ve grown accustomed to this year – avoid travel and gatherings, wear a face covering, and frequently wash hands.
Earlier this month, we were all notified that the COVID-19 vaccine has been approved and prioritized groups across the United States have begun receiving the first dose. Getting vaccinated is incredibly important to help us combat the disease. While the vaccine is in limited supply, we must be patient and await our turn based upon CDC and State guidance. If we are to succeed in getting our lives back – enjoying large gatherings, showing our kindness to others through hugs and handshakes, and being able to enjoy activities and fellowship that bring us joy with our family, friends and co-workers – we all must get vaccinated when it becomes available to us.
Read all our COVID-19 vaccine FAQs at https://bit.ly/2KtPeDk. For more information on the vaccines, the phases for availability, and other COVID-19 information, please visit StayCOVIDSafe.howardcountymd.gov