To date, we’ve had 16,741 cases of COVID-19 in Howard County and 226 deaths. We’re keeping these families in our hearts.

Our latest 7-day average positivity rate is 3.45% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is at 11.45.

Testing is still critical to our fight against COVID-19, 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 continue to monitor the staffing capacity at Howard County General Hospital and today there are 21 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care unit.

To date, 93,063 or 28.6% of Howard County residents have received their first vaccine dose and 16.2% have received their final dose.

This week the Governor announced Maryland will be moving into Phase 2 of vaccine distribution. Beginning Tuesday, March 23, all residents ages 60+ will be eligible.

Beginning March 30, all residents 16+ who have underlying medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19 illness will be eligible.

Beginning April 13, the following groups will be eligible:
– Residents ages 55+
– Workers in the following areas:
o Essential construction
o Food services
o Utilities
o Transportation
o Financial
o IT workers

Beginning April 27, all residents ages 16+ will be eligible.

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 limited supplies of vaccine from the State.

We’ve seen our key metrics COVID-19 steady over the past week, but we’re not out of the woods yet. COVID-19 variants are present in Maryland, and I encourage our residents to continue to StayCOVIDSafe by wearing a mask around people not in your household, avoiding gatherings of large groups, keeping your distance, and washing your hands.

We’re almost there, but these next few weeks are vital. Let’s keep working together, looking out for another, and end this pandemic.

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Here are my latest weekly COVID-19 charts for Maryland, Howard County and Carroll County:

Scott E

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