To date in Howard County, we have 16,124 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 8,456 active cases, 7,668 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% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is at 12.7. 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. Today, there are 26 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care unit.
To date, 20.6% of Howard County residents have received their first vaccine dose, and the Howard County Health Department has administered 24,420 first doses. HCHD has administered 110% of its allocation of first doses. This week, Howard County also received 400 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses in addition to the expected 1,700 first doses from the State.

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 or by calling 1-855-634-6829.

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.

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, and we cannot let our guard down yet. With more of our community being vaccinated each week, there is hope that we can end this pandemic. In the meantime, 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.

Finally, please tune in tomorrow, March 8th at 10:30 a.m. here on Facebook to watch our Vaccination Update Press Conference. Let’s StayCOVIDSafe HoCo.

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Scott E

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