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Volume ‘high’ at Carroll Hospital as COVID-19 hospitalizations increase throughout Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan gives update to COVID-19 vaccines coming to Maryland.

On Tuesday, as the Carroll County Health Department announced 59 new COVID-19 cases and one fatality, and Gov. Larry Hogan reported the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Maryland is nearing its peak, Carroll Hospital released a statement acknowledging a high volume of patients.

Garrett Hoover has been named the seventh president of Carroll Hospital, in Westminster.
Garrett Hoover has been named the seventh president of Carroll Hospital, in Westminster.

“At Carroll Hospital, our dedicated health care professionals are prepared and continue to provide both COVID and non-COVID patients with the highest quality care, no matter the circumstances,” said Garrett W. Hoover, hospital president and chief operating officer, via email. “Given the increase in COVID 19 patients as well as patients needing other care, our hospital volumes remain high.

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“We currently have 31 COVID-positive patients receiving care at Carroll Hospital, with more than a dozen people under investigation for COVID-19. We are grateful to our entire team for the exceptional job they are doing in caring for our community during this pandemic.”

In Carroll, there were four new COVID-19 hospitalizations of community members, 220 of whom have been hospitalized in total. As of Tuesday, 1,653 people were being treated for COVID-19 in Maryland hospitals, a number that has dramatically increased in the past month. The hospitalization rate is nearing the peak of 1,711 patients from April 30, during the first wave of the pandemic.

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The latest COVID-19 fatality in Carroll County was a resident at Longview, an elder care facility in Manchester. The county has now seen 167 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, 139 of them residents of congregate living facilities.

Health department data listed five new cases at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville, reopening that outbreak. The other new cases at congregate living facilities: three Copper Ridge residents, one Longview resident, one Longview staff member, one Springfield Hospital Center resident, one Birch Manor resident and one resident at a facility with such small numbers that the health department does not identify it due to privacy concerns. There are nine active outbreaks at facilities. The outbreak at Brinton Woods has closed, meaning at least 14 days have passed since the onset of the last case.

Of the 59 cases announced Tuesday, 10 of them were from tests taken last week, increasing that record-high weekly total to 374.

Carroll County has seen 126 total cases so far this week, and the county’s case rate per 100,000 increased to 34.01.

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Carroll’s positivity rate, reported as a seven-day rolling average, remained essentially flat at 6.6% through Monday, the latest data available. The statewide rate fell slightly to 7.61%.

Forty-five community members were 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, 2,667 have been declared cured.

A net of 10 new probable cases increased the total to 379 probables since the beginning of the pandemic. 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.

Of the community members who have tested positive in Carroll, 90 are younger than 10 years old; 338 are in the 10-19 range; 577 are 20-29 years old; 393 are 30-39; 411 are 40-49; 574 are 50-59; 350 are 60-69; 149 are 70-79; 68 are 80-89; and eight are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 1,535 of the positive tests, men for 1,424.

According to Carroll County Health Department data, Westminster has seen the most cases with 1,319 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 953, Mount Airy with 358, Manchester with 254, Hampstead with 225, Taneytown with 209, Finksburg with 193, New Windsor with 81, Marriottsville with 58, Woodbine with 54, Keymar with 38, and Union Bridge with 36. 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.

Pamela Wood and Jeff Barker contributed to this report.

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