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We’ve seen our key COVID-19 rising again over the past week.

Despite the warmer weather and many of our residents getting vaccinated, a majority of our residents are not protected from this virus. 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.

To date in Howard County, we’ve had 17,686 cases of COVID-19 and 235 deaths. We’re keeping these families in our hearts.

Our latest 7-day average positivity rate is 5.4% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is at 20.

Testing is still critical to our fight against COVID-10, 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, including our new walk-up mobile testing sites throughout the county, please visit hchealth.org

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We continue to monitor the staffing capacity at Howard County General Hospital and today, there are 23 COVID-19 patients in both ICU (5) and Acute Care (18) unit. We’re seeing an increase of COVID-19 patients in Acute Care as cases around our region increase.

To date, 122,312 or 37.6% of Howard County residents have received their first vaccine dose and 23.4% have received their final dose.

All residents are now able to pre-register for a vaccine at a mass-vax site in Maryland. Please visit covidvax.maryland.gov or call 1-855-634-6829 to pre-register.

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.

Beginning April 13, the following groups will be eligible:

  • Residents ages 55+
  • Workers in the following areas:
  • Essential construction
  • Food services
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Financial
  • IT workers

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

Let’s keep working together, looking out for another, and end this pandemic.

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Scott E