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New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations in Carroll County continue steady rise

The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Carroll County last week nearly doubled from a month ago, exceeding 200 for the first time since the week of Jan. 31, while hospitalizations for the virus rose for the third week in a row.

The Carroll County Health Department reported 92 new cases Monday afternoon for the 72 hours since Friday’s data was released, bringing last week’s total to 203. That’s up from 152 reported the previous week and nearly double the 104 reported the week of Feb. 21 that marked the last of seven consecutive weeks of declining totals. Carroll hadn’t reported 200 or more cases since the 209 reported the week of Jan. 31.

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Carroll’s testing positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that returned positive results over the past seven days, dropped to 5.8%. It has been over 5% — the threshold the World Health Organization recommends jurisdictions stay below before lifting restrictions — for the past week after dipping as low as 2.45% on March 4.

Carroll’s case rate per 100,000 people per day, reported as an average over the past seven days, rose to 17.64, the highest it has been since Feb. 12. This rate had been as low as 7.46 in early March after having peaked at 47.58 on Jan. 11.

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One COVID-19 death was reported. A member of the community who was over 65 died the week of March 14, according to the health department. Three deaths attributed to the coronavirus have been reported this month and there have been 228 total COVID-19 deaths among Carroll countians, 58 members of the community and 170 residents of congregate living facilities.

Of the 92 cases reported Monday, three were in congregate living facilities — two at the Carroll County Detention Center and one resident at Golden Crest.

Carroll Hospital had 27 patients who are positive for COVID-19, according to the Carroll County Health Department, continuing a steady rise.

That was up five from the 22 reported on March 22. The previous week, that number had been 11 and on March 9 it had been just three. Additionally, two Carroll Hospital patients were under investigation for COVID-19, seven critical care unit beds were in use, and the total patient census was 153 out of an approximate capacity of 170.

Around the state

State health officials reported Monday that 1,031 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the state total up to 409,075 cases since officials began tracking the virus in March 2020.

It’s the sixth consecutive day that Maryland has reported more than 1,000 new cases, as March has seen officials report an uptick in the infection rate across the state. The increased cases remain well below the peak in January, when the state reported nearly 3,000 cases a day following the holiday season.

Maryland reported an increase of 69 people hospitalized with the coronavirus Monday. The total number of people hospitalized reached 1,039 — surpassing 1,000 for the first time since Feb. 20.

Vaccine

The Carroll County Health Department is currently scheduling appointment-only vaccination clinics for people in all phases through 2A, including essential workers in 1C who live or work in Carroll, and residents age 60-64 (2A). According to the health department’s vaccine information webpage, vaccinations will open to residents under 60 with health conditions soon (2B). Residents 65 and over continue to have priority.

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Eligible county residents who have not yet completed the health department’s interest form should do so at cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19-interest-forms or call 410-876-4848 for assistance. The state of Maryland is open to people in phases 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A and 2B. Go to coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine#locator or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX for information on vaccination options at pharmacies, larger clinics and mass vaccination sites. Several pharmacies in Carroll County are now offering vaccines.

Community cases

Carroll has reported 6,928 cases of community members who have tested positive, 3,560 women, 3,365 men and three unknown. By age group:

0-9: 267

10-19: 824

20-29: 1,236

30-39: 966

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40-49: 935

50-59: 1,296

60-69: 821

70-79: 402

80-89: 156

90-99: 25

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Total cases

Carroll has reported 8,142 total COVID-19 cases. By ZIP code (those with fewer than seven cases are not listed):

21784 (Eldersburg/Sykesville): 2,027

21157 (Westminster): 1,815

21158 (Westminster): 987

21771 (Mount Airy): 654

21074 (Hampstead): 586

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21102 (Manchester): 513

21787 (Taneytown): 479

21048 (Finksburg): 426

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21776 (New Windsor): 219

21797 (Woodbine): 141

21104 (Marriottsville): 120

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21791 (Union Bridge): 98

21757 (Keymar): 65

Probable cases

In addition to the confirmed cases, Carroll also reported 57 new probable cases, making a total of 2,634 probables since the beginning of the pandemic. 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.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.


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