Announced by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on December 20th:
During the holidays, as we approach the end of the year, and more of us are gathering indoors, we strongly encourage residents to remain cautious and take preventative measures to mitigate COVID-19. We are seeing a concerning rise of cases and hospitalizations across the State of Maryland.
Following the cyber-attack of the Maryland Department of Health, we have not received data specifically pertaining to Howard County’s positivity and average case rates since December 3rd. However, Maryland’s 7-day average positivity rate is 10.27%, which is an increase from 5.48% on December 4th.
This is a serious cause for concern as we are unsure how fast this variant is spreading. The CDC continues to recommend that everyone 2 years of age or older who is not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in indoor public places. The Howard County mask mandate in all Government buildings is still in effect.
The best action to take ahead of the holidays is to get vaccinated and boosted. That is the very best way to protect yourselves, your loved ones, and our community against COVID-19. If you are not yet vaccinated, please roll up your sleeve and get your shot. If you are vaccinated, please get your booster shot, as soon as you are eligible, per CDC guidelines and advice of your doctor.
To find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic near you, including those offering booster and children’s shots, visit https://vaccine.howardcountymd.gov, call 410-313-6284, or contact your medical provider.