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.

This is my second monthly article and I do plan to provide additional charts in the future as I continue to gather additional data (I added one new chart this month).

All data in these charts comes from the Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard or state data sets 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 December…and in a big way.

Deaths Due To COVID-19 (Howard County):

Notes – Howard County saw another significant spike in deaths related to COVID-19 in December of 2020. This was the second highest number of deaths in a month due to COVID-19.

Testing (Howard County):

Note – This is my first chart for this metric. Howard County saw a pretty significant jump in testing in December and hit an all time high for a month. One odd thing from the data set is no testing data for December 25th (guessing because testing sites were closed on that day).

New COVID-19 Cases (Maryland):

Notes – Maryland saw a significant spike in new COVID-19 cases reported in December 2020. Of the 276,662 reported cases in Maryland through December 31st, 28.3% of all of those cases happened in December. November and December new cases (131,381) make up 47.5% of all reported cases in Maryland.

Deaths Due To COVID-19 (Maryland):

Notes – December saw another 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 the most people ever (in one month) hospitalized due to COVID-19 in December. 

Total Testing Volume By Month (Maryland)

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

Those are the charts I have through December 2020. As stated previously I do plan on adding additional charts in future months. 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).

Here are important links with data on Coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers I use regularly:

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.


Scott E