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Carroll consistently sees decline in COVID-19 cases week after week

Lifebridge Health nurse Ruby Saylor prepares doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic for adolescents aged 12-17 hosted by the Carroll County Health Department in Westminster Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
Lifebridge Health nurse Ruby Saylor prepares doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic for adolescents aged 12-17 hosted by the Carroll County Health Department in Westminster Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (Dylan Slagle)

Carroll County continues to see a trend in decreased COVID-19 case numbers week after week, with only three new confirmed cases reported last week, compared to 10 the week before.

Last week marked the eighth consecutive weekly decline and the 11th time in 12 weeks that the county has reported a decrease, according to the latest data posted to the Carroll County Health Department’s website.

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Carroll’s case rate per 100,000 people per day, reported as an average over the past seven days, is now at 0.59. When it hit 1.19 on June 3, it was the lowest it had been since March 27, 2020. The rate was at 7.12 as recently as May 27 but has been 2.21 cases per day or lower since May 29. The rate peaked at 47.58 on Jan. 11.

The county’s testing positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that returned positive results over the past seven days, is at 0.71%, breaking the 0.74% record which took place on June 2. It has remained below 2% throughout the month.

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With one fatality being reported in the county this week, to date Carroll’s COVID-19 death toll totals 262.

State numbers stay down

The positivity rate in Maryland is down to 0.57 with only 115 people across the state hospitalized with the virus, significantly less than last week. That number was more than 1,200 in late April.

According to the state website, 74.4% of Marylanders have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines still available through health department

Moderna clinics will be offered through the county’s health department at the TownMall of Westminster on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. First and second doses will be available. Clinic dates and times can be found at cchd.maryland.gov/registration-links. Registration is preferred, but walk-ups will be vaccinated. Call 410-876-4848 for more information.

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Marylanders can register for an appointment at a mass vaccination site by going to covidvax.maryland.gov or calling 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829). Those seeking pharmacies with available vaccines should go to vaccines.gov.

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