Howard County reports they are seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases and hospital utilization metrics

Reported by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on October 4th:

Howard County has made incredible progress with our vaccination rates and our community has been exceptional in slowing the spread of COVID-19. In fact, we are seeing a decline in our cases and hospital utilization metrics. As of 9:00am, our 7-day average positivity rate is 2.66% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is 11.2. There are currently 9 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care units.

Howard County continues to be a leader in our vaccination rates. 87% of eligible residents 12+ are fully vaccinated and 99.9% of residents 65+ have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Please note, as more data becomes available through MDH, for example data around boosters, we will be updating the Howard County COVID-19 dashboard as appropriate.

Residents who have been fully vaccinated and tested positive are more likely to have less severe symptoms. It’s important to remember, vaccines don’t eliminate virus, but instead protect us from mild to severe infections. We have an abundant supply of vaccine available and getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to prevent hospitalization or death from COVID-19.

Howard County Health Department and many other locations throughout the County hold clinics that administer the Pfizer booster shots for those eligible. Encourage your family and friends to visit https://vaccine.howardcountymd.gov to find a clinic nearby.

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Here is a look at some of the latest data on the Howard County COVID-19 dashboard:

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