Our key COVID-19 metrics are steady. However, our daily case rates remain high, and we’re seeing increasing cases throughout our region. 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 18,060 cases of COVID-19 and 237 deaths. We’re keeping these families in our hearts.

Our latest 7-day average positivity rate is 4.4% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is at 16.3.

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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, including our new walk-up mobile testing sites throughout the county, please visit hchealth.org

We continue to monitor the staffing capacity at Howard County General Hospital and today, there are 24 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care unit.

All residents 16+ are now eligible to receive a vaccine. 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.

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

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Scott E