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Carroll County’s weekly community cases of COVID-19 consistent over past month

The number of new weekly community cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County has remained consistent over the past month, with no fewer than 60 and no more than 70 reported in each of the past four weeks.

The Carroll County Health Department announced 34 new cases on Monday, 33 among members of the wider community and one at a congregate living facility. Thirteen of the new community cases were from Sunday or Monday while the rest were reported at the end of last week.

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That means Carroll saw 63 community cases (64 total) last week after seeing 60 the previous week, 70 the week prior to that and 63 the week beginning Sept. 27.

The new facility case was a staff member at Springfield Hospital. That brings to 687 the number of cases from Carroll’s congregate living facilities, which include nursing homes. Such facilities accounted for the majority of cases during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, but for relatively few over the past few months. Health department data reflects only five new Carroll facilities cases in October. Still, 130 of 150 county deaths attributed to COVID-19 have been residents at such facilities.

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The health department reported nine more probable cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a net gain of only eight — bringing that total to 113 — because one of the confirmed cases announced had previously been listed as probable. These “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 department doesn’t consider these results to be confirmed cases.

To date, 1,413 Carroll countians have been released from isolation, an increase of 30 since Friday. The number of community members who have been hospitalized for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic remained at 131.

Carroll’s positivity rate, reported as a seven-day rolling average, rose to 2.19%, through Sunday, after having hit a monthly low of 1.62% late last week. The statewide rate rose to 3.25%.

McDaniel College has seen 17 members of its campus community test positive for COVID-19 out of a total of 2,464 tests conducted since Aug. 14.

Of the 1,524 community members to test positive in Carroll, 30 are younger than 10 years old; 192 are in the 10-19 range; 321 are 20-29 years old; 189 are 30-39; 222 are 40-49; 301 are 50-59; 167 are 60-69; 62 are 70-79; 38 are 80-89; and two are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 791 of the positive tests, and men 733.

According to health department data, Carroll has now seen 2,211 total cases. Westminster has seen the most with 763 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 564, Mount Airy with 271, Manchester with 147, Hampstead with 109, Finksburg with 107, Taneytown with 84, New Windsor with 47, Marriottsville with 36, Woodbine with 33, Keymar with 30, and Union Bridge with 20. 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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