Maryland has added 25,035 new COVID-19 cases since last report on December 23rd

Maryland Department of Health (MDH) paused COVID-19 reporting during the holidays (December 24th and 25th) and the reporting on December 26th came out a little late…and the new numbers reported were not good. Maryland added 25,035 new COVID-19 cases in three days. Here is the breakdown:

  • December 24th: 9,859 new cases (an all time high)
  • December 25th: 9,350 new cases
  • December 26th: 5,826 new cases

New COVID-19 cases is not the only thing reported. Here are a couple of other data points of interest:

Positivity Rate (Percent Positive Rate (7-Day Avg)) was 12.8% on the last report before the holiday break in reporting. Here is a tracking and where things stand today:

  • December 24th: 13.46% positive
  • December 25th: 14.08% positive
  • December 26th: 15.85% positive

ICU and Acute Hospital Beds for COVID-19, Currently in Use was at 1,505 at the last report before the holidays. Here is a tracking and where things stand today:

  • December 24th: 1,545 beds in use
  • December 25th: 1,550 beds in use
  • December 26th: 1,584 beds in use

I checked the DATASETS from MDH in order to pull recent data for the local areas I write about (Carroll County and Howard County)…those datasets for new cases have still not been updated since December 4th.

One piece of data I was able to get was recent Positivity Rates for Carroll County and Howard County. Here is a look at the recent tracking for each area:

Carroll County COVID-19 Positivity Rates:

  • December 23rd: 15.11% positive
  • December 24th: 15.52% positive
  • December 25th: 16.39% positive

Howard County COVID-19 Positivity Rates:

  • December 23rd: 12.58% positive
  • December 24th: 13.77% positive
  • December 25th: 14.60% positive

You can view the latest data reported here: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

I will keep an eye out for information for the local areas I cover over the next few days from various resources. I will report out the data I find from those sources.

Scott E

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