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Two deaths added to latest Carroll County COVID-19 data

The Carroll County Health Department’s COVID-19 data Wednesday showed additional two deaths, both coming within a 48-hour span.

The health department reported 22 new community cases and the two fatalities ― no genders were revealed, but each person was over 65 years old. One death took place Nov. 30, and another Dec. 1.

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The county has seen 126 total cases this week, with 23 overall new cases reported Wednesday. Last week’s total was 269 cases, compared to a record 323 cases for the week of Nov. 15.

With the two coronavirus deaths reported Wednesday, Carroll is up to 166 deaths, 28 of which are from community spread.

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The health department reported one net new facility case Wednesday. Three Carroll Lutheran Village residents were added as facility cases, but the health department adjusted two cases from Springfield Hospital Center as staff members that were moved from Carroll residents to out of jurisdiction.

Carroll congregate living facilities have now seen 763 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Eight facilities have active outbreaks.

The new community cases were spread across the age groups, according to the latest health department data ― five under the age of 20, eight in the 20-39 age range and nine in the 40-59 range.

Carroll’s positivity rate, reported as a seven-day rolling average, rose to 5.5% through Tuesday, the most recent data available. It has been flat for the past five days since hitting a recent peak of 6.88% on Nov. 22. The statewide rate rose to 7.52% with the new data.

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Carroll had a net gain of 23 probable cases for a total of 335. 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 saw 40 community members released from isolation, meaning at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms) and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. To date, 2,382 have been declared cured. There were five new hospitalizations, so 150 community members have been hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of the 2,650 community members who have tested positive in Carroll, 81 are younger than 10 years old; 309 are in the 10-19 range; 527 are 20-29 years old; 348 are 30-39; 379 are 40-49; 503 are 50-59; 301 are 60-69; 131 are 70-79; 59 are 80-89; and eight are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 1,373 of the positive tests, men for 1,277.

According to health department data, Carroll has confirmed 3,413 total cases. Westminster has seen the most with 1,194 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 848, Mount Airy with 349, Manchester with 223, Hampstead with 188, Taneytown with 180, Finksburg with 174, New Windsor with 78, Marriottsville with 56, Woodbine with 48, Keymar with 34, and Union Bridge with 31. 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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