Mask Requirement in all indoor public spaces in Howard County begins today at 5:00pm

On December 23rd Howard County Executive Calvin Ball signed an Executive Order requiring masks be worn indoors in all businesses and facilities open to the public, as well as public transportation, in Howard County. The requirement is effective Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

If you are headed out to watch NFL games today or heading to the stores to return some of those Christmas gifts…know that at 5:00pm a mask will be required in those establishments in the county.

Here is a graphic shared across social media:

According to FOX 45: Baltimore City, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County are the other Maryland counties that also have indoor mask mandates.

COVID-19 data points for all of Maryland and Howard County

COVID-19 Positivity Rate:

  • Maryland: 12.8%
  • Howard County: 11.93%

7 Day Moving Average Case Rate per 100K by Jurisdiction:

  • Maryland: 64.2
  • Howard County: 44.66

ICU and Acute Hospital Beds for COVID-19, Currently in Use

  • Maryland: 1,505
    • Acute Beds: 1,188
    • ICU Beds: 300

Hospitalization data from the Howard County COVID-19 Dashboard:

  • Beds in use: 196
    • Acute Care: 164 beds in use (2 COVID patients)
    • ICU: 32 beds in use (0 COVID patients)

My gut tells me that the HoCo COVID patients numbers are off on the dashboard. It was reported that 18 COVID patients were in at Howard County General Hospital on December 20th (see here) so I am having a hard time with the data on the dashboard above this morning.

Percent of Total Population Fully Vaccinated for Howard County:

  • 253,480 (77.83%) Fully Vaccinated
  • 276,902 (85.02%) At Least One Dose

Percent of Population Vaccinated, by County: Note that Howard County is leading the state

Data updates have been paused from the state for the last couple of days (MDH will pause COVID-19 reporting on Nov. 25 and 26; Dec. 24 and 25; and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 in observance of the holidays. When reporting resumes, updates will include both the days encompassed in the pause and the standard 24-hour changes in metrics). We should see new updates today around 10:00am.

You can view the Maryland COVID-19 dashboard here:

You can view the Howard County COVID-19 dashboard here:

Scott E

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