According to the Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard on May 11th: Howard County has the lowest COVID-19 positivity rate (7 day rolling average) reported to date (1.76% on May 10th).

The previous low COVID-19 positivity rates (7 day rolling average) reported for Howard County were the following:

You can view all positivity rate data by jurisdiction in Maryland here in this data set from the state:

Governor Hogan released the following COVID-19 information today:

Maryland’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops Below 3% For First Time Since October
State Surpasses 5.3 Million Vaccinations, 64.8% of Adults With At Least One Dose

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped below 3% for the first time since last October.

More Than 5.3 Million Vaccinations. Maryland is reporting 5,300,229 COVID-19 vaccinations, and according to official CDC data, 64.8%of Maryland adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The state is outpacing the national rate (58.2%), and is 92.6% of the way toward meeting President Biden’s goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose by July 4.

Case Rate Per 100K Drops Below 9. The state’s COVID-19 case rate per 100K dropped to 8.96, and has dropped by 62% since mid-April.

Positivity Rate Drops Below 3%. The state’s seven-day positivity rate dropped to 2.88%—the first time below 3% since October 12, 2020. The seven-day positivity rate has dropped 69.6% from the winter peak.

Hospitalizations Remain Below 800. COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland remain below 800—at 799—and are down 59% from their winter peak.


Scott E


  1. I thought the #HoCoCowards said that by opening up the schools for hybrid we’d see a surge? Huh. Maybe science actually works over politics. Oh, but I’m sure we’ll come up with some other reason to cower in our homes in the fall. I mean we can’t even get fully vaccinated BoE members (I assume they are, no excuse to not be at this point) to show up in person for their jobs because they want to make a political statement.


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