Information provided by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on January 31st:
According to the Maryland Department of Health, as of today January 31st, Howard County’s positivity rate is 8.7% and our 7-day moving average case rate per 100k is 37. While we are seeing a significant decline in the COVID-19 case rate, hospitalizations and cases remain high around the state. There are currently 36 COVID-19 patients in both the ICU and Acute Care units at Howard County General Hospital.
Howard County has high vaccination rates with 86% of our residents 12+ fully vaccinated. Approximately 44% of our eligible residents 12+ have not yet received their booster shot. I strongly encourage residents to get boosted if you have not yet received a booster shot. Studies show that antibodies are significantly reduced 6 months after the first initial series. Vaccination, including boosters, work by significantly reducing serious illness, hospitalization and death.
We have the power to stop the spread the COVID-19. We can only do this through increased vaccination, getting boosted, and continuing to practice the mitigation strategies we have all become accustomed to: stay home if you are sick, get tested, wear a high-quality mask, and please get vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already. Find a vaccine near you at vaccine.howardcountymd.gov.
Last week the numbers were: (January 24th) Howard County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 12.77% which is a decrease from 16% last week.
With masks mandates ending in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County and Harford County…the question many will be asking (I am guessing) is when does Howard County follow this trend and remove the mandatory mask indoors?
COVID-19 Positivity Rates for the areas noted above per the State of Maryland COVID-19 Dashboard this morning:
- Howard County: 8.71%
- State of Maryland: 9.04%
- Anne Arundel County: 10.42%
- Baltimore County: 6.81%
- Harford County: 13.18%
and just because I track it…
- Carroll County: 13.42%