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Carroll County surpasses 5,000 community COVID-19 cases; phase 1A, 1B vaccinations continue

Carroll County’s total number of COVID-19 community cases since the beginning of the pandemic surpassed 5,000, according to the latest data released Tuesday by the county health department.

The county reported 176 new community cases since its last update, before the holiday weekend, as well as seven cases and one fatality from congregate living facilities.

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The death came from a resident at Bethania Home Care in Westminster, according to the health department, and the living facility cases consisted of one Copper Ridge staff member and two at Carroll Lutheran Village — one staffer and one resident. The health department reported two residents and two staff members from facilities that weren’t named because of their small size.

The health department has vaccinated approximately 3,000 people since Dec. 30, according to its Monday news release. Most of those people have been from Phase 1A, which includes first responders, health care providers and correctional facilities staff. A small number of high-priority teachers as designated by Carroll County Public Schools were also vaccinated last week from Phase 1B, according to the release, when a 1A clinic did not fill up as quickly as expected.

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The health department this week will continue to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1A, as well as staff from public and private schools and child care facilities who are in Phase 1B. People age 75 or older will be starting their vaccination process next week.

The health department is asking residents who want to receive the vaccine to complete interest forms for their phase of vaccination. They can be found online at cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19-interest-forms.

Individuals on these lists will receive updates by email or phone, for those who do not have email, when more information on registration is available. This is not registration for vaccination, and the list will not be prioritized.

Information about vaccine priorities continues to be refined at state and local levels. More information on the state phases can be found at covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine. More information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Carroll County can be found on the health department’s page at cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19-vaccination/.

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Based on updated data processed through Tuesday, Carroll saw 364 cases of COVID-19 last week after hitting a record 501 new cases the week of Jan. 3. The county had 353 cases in the final week of December and 360 the week before that.

The health department website lists 13 active outbreaks at congregate living facilities and two at correctional facilities. Of the 196 COVID-19 fatalities within Carroll County since the beginning of the pandemic, 158 have come from living facilities, according to the health department.

The case rate per 100,000 residents in Carroll County, reported as a seven-day rolling average, went down to 32.4 after being at 46.81 late last week. Carroll’s positivity rate, also reported as a seven-day rolling average, dipped to 6.92% and stayed below the state’s current rate of 7.8% (that also dropped from 8.3% last week).

Additionally, there were no new net probable cases reported, making a total of 1,270 probables. These are patients who test 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.

There were three new hospitalizations of community members due to COVID-19, and there have been 339 hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic.

Carroll Hospital had 34 patients who are COVID-19 positive and 12 under investigation as of Monday, the most recent data released, with 12 ICU beds in use and a total census of 156 (out of a maximum capacity of approximately 170).

Of the 5,155 community members who have tested positive in Carroll, 182 are younger than 10 years old; 571 are in the 10-19 range; 936 are 20-29 years old; 716 are 30-39; 714 are 40-49; 991 are 50-59; 604 are 60-69; 290 are 70-79; 128 are 80-89; and 23 are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 2,695 of the positive tests, and men for 2,460.

Of Carroll’s 6,223 total COVID-19 cases, Westminster has seen the most with 2,128 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 1,589, Mount Airy with 486, Hampstead with 444, Manchester with 399, Taneytown with 368, Finksburg with 311, New Windsor with 166, Woodbine with 108, Marriottsville with 86, Union Bridge with 73, and Keymar with 54. 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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