From Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on October 25th:
Howard County continues to see a decline in our COVID-19 cases and hospital utilization metrics. As of 9:00 a.m. today, our 7-day average positivity rate is 2.31% and our 7-day average case rate per 100,000 of our population is 6.5. There are currently 10 COVID-19 patients in both ICU and Acute Care units. Howard County’s community transmission rate is now considered moderate by the CDC.
Howard County also continues to be a leader in vaccination rates - 94.7 percent of eligible residents 12 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 88.2 percent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.
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.
Last week booster doses for Moderna and J&J were authorized. If you are already fully vaccinated, you may be eligible for a booster shot. Please check with your medical provider or https://www.hchealth.org for more information.
If you or a loved one has not yet been vaccinated, we encourage you to get your shot today. The Howard County Health Department has an abundant supply available and getting vaccinated is the single most effective way to prevent hospitalization or death from COVID-19.
To find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic near you, including those offering booster shots, visit https://vaccine.howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6284.
Here is a look at Maryland Level of Community Transmission from the CDC: