Despite the warmer weather and many of our residents getting vaccinated, a majority of our residents are not yet protected from this virus. Our current cases rates have plateaued at high level, and we must continue to StayCOVIDSafe by wearing a mask around people not in our households, avoiding gatherings of large groups, keeping our distance, and washing our hands. We can slow the spread once again by working together.

To date in Howard County we’ve had 18, 508 cases of COVID-19 and 237 deaths. We’re keeping these families in our hearts. Our latest 7-day average positivity rate is 5.1% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is at 19.3. 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.

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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Howard County leads the state with percent of residents who have received their first dose. To date, 150,902 or 46.3% of Howard County residents have received their first vaccine dose out of two doses, and 32.7% are fully vaccinated. Additionally, 88% of Howard County residents 65+ have been vaccinated with at least their first dose.

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 may also 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