Reported by Howard County Government on October 13th:
This week mark’s 19 months since Howard County reported its first case of COVID-19. We continue to make great progress as a community, as we continue to see a decline in our cases and hospital utilization metrics. As of 9:00 a.m., yesterday, October 12th, our 7-day average positivity rate was 2.32 percent and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population was 10.6. There are currently 13 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care units.
Howard County also continues to be a leader in vaccination rates, with 93.7 percent of eligible residents 12 and older having received at least one dose of a vaccine and 87.4 percent of those residents are fully vaccinated. Please note, as more data becomes available through the Maryland Department of Health, for example data around boosters, we will update the County’s COVID-19 dashboard as appropriate.
Residents who are unvaccinated are at much higher risk for hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While the vaccines do not protect 100 percent from becoming infected, persons who are fully vaccinated are more likely to experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.