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Three COVID-19 deaths, more than 200 cases announced by Carroll County Health Dept.

The Carroll County Health Department on Monday reported three more deaths attributed to COVID-19 as well as more than 200 new cases over the past four days.

One of those who died was a resident at Copper Ridge, an elder care facility in Sykesville. The other two were over-65 members of the wider community.

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The resident at Copper Ridge was the sixth COVID-19 fatality at the facility, the 187th among Carroll countians. It brought to 152 the number of residents at Carroll’s congregate living facilities who have died of the virus. Twelve congregate living facilities and two correctional facilities have active outbreaks according to the health department.

There have been 35 community deaths.

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Health department data showed 226 new cases, including a resident of Brinton Woods, a staff member at Longview and a staff member at Brightview Westminster Ridge as well as 223 community members.

There have been 64 total cases this week. The case rate per 100,000 in Carroll County, reported as a seven-day rolling average, rose by 6.1 to 34.77.

Updated data shows that there were 336 cases last week, 356 the week before that and 420 the week of Dec. 13. Carroll’s highest weekly total was the 422 announced for the week of Dec. 6.

Additionally, there were 42 new probable cases, making a total of 832. 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’s positivity rate, also reported as a seven-day rolling average, rose by nearly one full percentage point to 8.48 through Sunday, the most recent data available, still below the state’s current average of 9.47%.

Seven new hospitalization pushed the county’s total number of community hospitalizations for COVID-19 since the pandemic began to 302.

Of the 4,270 community members who have tested positive in Carroll, 140 are younger than 10 years old; 458 are in the 10-19 range; 792 are 20-29 years old; 590 are 30-39; 618 are 40-49; 823 are 50-59; 503 are 60-69; 228 are 70-79; 101 are 80-89; and 17 are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 2,212 of the positive tests, and men for 2,058.

Of Carroll’s 5,279 total COVID-19 cases, Westminster has seen the most cases with 1,775 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 1,390, Mount Airy with 448, Manchester with 359, Hampstead with 354, Taneytown with 285, Finksburg with 273, New Windsor with 124, Woodbine with 83, Marriottsville with 79, Union Bridge with 52, and Keymar with 45. 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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