To date in Howard County, we have 15,812 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 8,310 active cases, 7,279 total recoveries, and 223 of our neighbors have passed from this virus. We’re keeping these families in our hearts.

As of 9:00 a.m. today and according to the Maryland Department of Health, our 7-day average positivity rate is at 3.6% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is at 12.2. Both our positivity and case rates are below the State averages and our rates are within the lower third of all jurisdictions.

Please remember to get a COVID-19 test if you are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms or think you may have been exposed. For a list of testing locations in Howard County, please visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/…/Coronavirus-Testing.

We are strong partners with the Howard County General Hospital and continue to monitor their staffing capacity. Currently, there are 33 staffed ICU beds (10 available) and 179 acute care beds (39 available). Today, there are 20 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care unit.

To date, 55,144 Howard County residents have received their first vaccine dose, with the Howard County Health Department administering 21,525 of those doses. HCHD has administered 97.3% of its allocation.

Per the Governor’s direction, Maryland residents in Phase 1A, 1B and 1C are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. There are more than 220 provider locations including regional State-run mass vax clinics, retail pharmacies and hospital operating clinics. All residents are encouraged by the State to register for a vaccine at these sites by using the State vaccine locator: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine#locator.

Residents in all phases – 1A, 1B, 1C, 2, and 3 – are also encouraged to pre-register with the Howard County Health Department at vaccine.howardcountymd.gov or by calling 410-313-6284. HCHD is still receiving very limited supplies of vaccine from the State. Pre-registering does not schedule an appointment but provides your contact information to the Health Department, so you may be notified when appointments are available. All vaccinations at this point are by appointment only. Not everyone will get appointments immediately until we have enough vaccine, and we do not have enough vaccine. Residents who have preregistered will be notified by email to schedule an appointment. Appointments are required, and persons should arrive no sooner than 10 minutes prior to their appointment time.

We’ve seen our key metrics COVID-19 decline over the past several weeks, but the virus is still very much present in our community. We can see the end of this devasting pandemic, but we can only truly end this pandemic by working together. We must continue practices that we all know at this point – wear a mask around people not in your household, avoid gatherings of large groups, keep your distance, and wash your hands. Let’s StayCOVIDSafe HoCo.

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Scott E

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