Reported by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball:
According to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), as of today, February 7, Howard County’s positivity rate is 6% and our 7-day moving average case rate per 100k is 30. While we are seeing a decline in the COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations and cases remain high around the state. There are currently 29 COVID-19 patients in both the ICU and Acute Care units at Howard County General Hospital. While Howard County community transmission level remains high or substantial, indoor masking in public places in recommended.
Howard County has high vaccination rates with 86 % of our residents 12+ fully vaccinated. Approximately 43% of our eligible residents 18+ have not yet received their booster shot.
Again, note that due to a data breach that occurred at MDH more than 6 weeks ago, booster data for 5-17 year olds are not regularly provided nor are second doses for 5-11 year olds. Please get boosted if you have not yet received a booster shot. Vaccination, including boosters, work by significantly reducing serious illness, hospitalization, and death. We are awaiting more information on vaccine availability for children under the age of 5.
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 https://vaccine.howardcountymd.gov.
One other interesting note…Per the State of Maryland: Howard County is currently the only jurisdiction with more than 80% of the total population fully vaccinated: