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Three more COVID-19 deaths, case rate rises; Carroll County in ‘worst spot’ since pandemic began, says health officer

Three more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday, bringing to 190 the number of coronavirus-related fatalities in Carroll County, according to the health department.

One of those who died was a resident at Carroll Lutheran Village, an elder care facility in Westminster. The other two were over-65 members of the wider community.

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The CLV resident was the 15th COVID-19 fatality at the facility. It brought to 153 the number of residents at Carroll’s congregate living facilities who have died of the virus. Twelve congregate living facilities and two correctional facilities have active outbreaks, according to the Carroll County Health Department website.

There have been 37 community deaths, 16 in the past two months.

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Health department data showed 49 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, one staff member of Birch Manor and 48 community members, making 115 total cases this week. The case rate per 100,000 in Carroll County, reported as a seven-day rolling average, rose slightly to 35.79.

“We are in the worst spot we have ever been in during this pandemic, with the number of cases, hospitalizations, and community deaths we are seeing each week,” County Health Officer Ed Singer said Tuesday via email.

Due to probable cases being confirmed and data reconciliation, previous numbers were also updated. The revised weekly totals of new cases, beginning the week of Nov. 15, are: 323, 268, 391, 422, a record-high 427 (the week of Dec. 13), 353 and 333 (last week).

Additionally, there were 48 new probable cases, making a total of 880. The probable cases stem from Carroll countians who tested positive using a rapid antigen test, rather than a molecular test like those offered at state-run testing sites. The health department doesn’t consider these results to be confirmed cases.

Carroll’s positivity rate, also reported as a seven-day rolling average, dropped slightly to 8.02%, below the state’s current average of 9.19%.

Three new hospitalizations pushed the county’s total number of community hospitalizations for COVID-19 since the pandemic began to 305.

Of the 4,318 community members who have tested positive in Carroll, 144 are younger than 10 years old; 466 are in the 10-19 range; 800 are 20-29 years old; 595 are 30-39; 630 are 40-49; 830 are 50-59; 507 are 60-69; 230 are 70-79; 99 are 80-89; and 17 are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 2,244 of the positive tests, and men for 2,074.

Of Carroll’s 5,328 total COVID-19 cases, Westminster has seen the most with 1,790 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 1,402, Mount Airy with 456, Manchester and Hampstead with 362 each, Taneytown with 286, Finksburg with 273, New Windsor with 125, Woodbine with 84, Marriottsville with 77, Union Bridge with 54, and Keymar with 45. Data is not released in ZIP codes with seven cases or fewer.

Anyone who thinks they or a family member might be showing coronavirus symptoms can call the hotline between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-876-4848, or contact their doctor. After hours, callers may leave a message or call 211. People with emergencies should continue to call 911.

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