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Three more COVID-19 deaths reported in Carroll County

Three more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were announced by the Carroll County Health Department on Wednesday.

Carroll has now seen eight coronavirus fatalities in nine days. Prior to that, seven deaths had been announced since the beginning of September.

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A resident of Carroll Lutheran Village and a resident of Brightview Westminster Ridge died, as did a woman of the wider community listed in the 65-over age bracket. Carroll County has now reported 161 COVID-19 deaths, 136 residents of congregate living facilities and 25 community members.

Also on Wednesday, the health department announced 46 new positive tests among Carroll countians. The day before, Health Officer Ed Singer expressed concern that people were becoming immune to the ever-rising coronavirus statistics.

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“Somebody reached out to me and said, well, you share these numbers [but] it doesn’t necessarily really mean anything to people,” Singer said while addressing the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

So Singer tried to put the numbers, such as the 322 total cases Carroll County saw last week, into perspective for the commissioners. He told them the county has been averaging two new infections every hour of every day.

“That’s a lot of people,” Singer said.

Nine new cases at congregate living facilities (for a net gain of eight cases due to health department data reconciliation) were announced Wednesday: four residents at Copper Ridge, two residents at Brinton Woods, two staff members at Carroll Lutheran Village, and one staff member at Copper Ridge. The health department considers eight congregate living facilities to have active outbreaks and there have been 751 cases at such facilities since the pandemic began, 48 since Nov. 12 after just 24 were reported August through October.

Thirty-nine new community cases were reported (for a net gain of 38 due to data reconciliation) and Carroll has seen 130 such cases this week after 300 last week.

In terms of total cases, Carroll has 144 this week after last week’s 322 set a new high for the third week in a row.

Carroll’s positivity rate, reported as a seven-day rolling average, dropped by about one-half percentage point to 5.37% through Tuesday, the most recent data available. The statewide rate dropped slightly to 6.52%.

The county’s COVID-19 testing facility at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, typically open on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, is closed for Thanksgiving.

According to the health department, 186 tests were administered on Sunday and 212 on Tuesday. In the two days of testing last week after capacity was increased by 67%, tests were given to 171 and 181 individuals.

Carroll had a net gain of five probable cases for a total of 274. 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 department doesn’t consider these results to be confirmed cases.

McDaniel College announced one new case and finished the fall semester with 28 positive results for COVID-19 out of a total of 3,000 tests conducted since Aug. 14.

Of the 2,409 community members who have tested positive in Carroll, 70 are younger than 10 years old; 279 are in the 10-19 range; 481 are 20-29 years old; 306 are 30-39; 345 are 40-49; 464 are 50-59; 280 are 60-69; 123 are 70-79; 54 are 80-89; and seven are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 1,251 of the positive tests, men for 1,158 and data was unavailable for one case.

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According to health department data, Carroll has confirmed 3,160 total cases. Westminster has seen the most with 1,099 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 785, Mount Airy with 335, Manchester with 212, Hampstead with 170, Taneytown with 159, Finksburg with 156, New Windsor with 75, Marriottsville with 52, Woodbine with 45, Keymar with 32, and Union Bridge with 30. Data is not released in ZIP codes with seven cases or fewer.

Because of Thanksgiving, the health department will not be publicly updating the data again until Monday.

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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