Tomorrow, March 15th, we mark one year since our first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Howard County. Since then, we’ve had 16,498 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 8,689 active cases, 7,809 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 3.74% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is at 17.2.

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 24 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care unit.

To date, 78,335 or 24.1% of Howard County residents have received their first vaccine dose. The HCHD has administered 101% of its allocation of first doses, 96% of second doses, and 88% of the single-shot J&J.

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 fluctuate over the past week, and the virus is still very much present in our community. Although more restrictions were lifted, I implore our residents to StayCOVIDSafe by wearing a mask around people not in their household, avoiding gatherings of large groups, keeping their distance, and washing their hands.

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.

Finally, please join us tomorrow March 15th at 10:30 a.m. here on Facebook to mark one-year of COVID-19. Let’s StayCOVIDSafe HoCo.

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Scott E

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