As we begin a new year with renewed hope, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and not let our guards down. To date in Howard County, we have 11,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 6,470 active cases, 4,913 total recoveries, and 191 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 6.80% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is at 32.24.
We are strong partners with the Howard County General Hospital and continue to monitor their staffing capacity. Currently, there are 33 staffed ICU beds (6 available), 193 acute care beds (44 available), and 13 ventilators in use (31 available). Today, there are 38 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care unit.
The Howard County Health Department is actively working to ensure our healthcare workers and first responders receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. On December 23rd, Howard County received its first 100 doses of vaccine from the state, followed by 1,600 doses on December 28th. Currently, the Health Department has administered 836 vaccines to our local physicians, healthcare workers, and first responders under Phase 1A of the distribution process. As we continue to receive the vaccine in sections, the Health Department has a goal of administering 2,500 doses this week and work through those who are designated under Phase 1A.
Howard County receives it’s vaccine dosages from the State, which receives it from the Federal Government. While the vaccine is currently in extremely limited supply and dosage administration ramps up, we appreciate patience while it becomes available based upon CDC and State guidance. This is a tremendous effort across our nation and we are all working to improve processes. Eligible residents will be notified by their healthcare provider and/or the Howard County Health Department when registration becomes available.
For more information on the vaccines, the phases for availability, and other COVID-19 information, please visit StayCOVIDSafe.howardcountymd.gov. If you are a physician and have questions about receiving the vaccine, please call (410) 313-6284