While Carroll County’s coronavirus case total continued its consistent climb that started in mid-July, the county health department reported three residents died last week as a result of the virus.
The county also maintained high COVID-19 transmission status, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The CDC website updates its data daily, and as of Monday, it reported 129.42 cases per 100,000 for the county. It takes at least 100 new cases per 100,000 to be classified as high transmission.
All other Maryland counties and Baltimore City are listed at high COVID-19 transmission except Talbot County, which is listed at substantial.
Last week the county health department reported a total of 200 community cases after reporting 157 the week of Aug. 22 and 124 the week of Aug. 15.
Of last week’s 200 cases, eight were reported at congregate facilities, including one Brinton Woods resident, one Golden Crest Evergreen resident, two Longview residents, one Nova Springs, one Nova Springs staff, one Sunrise resident and one Sunrise staff.
So far this week, 30 new cases have been reported.
Carroll’s testing positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that returned positive results over the past seven days, is at 6.97% after being as low as 0.71% at the end of June.
Three county residents — a woman over the age of 65, a woman under 65 and one man over 65 — died from COVID-19 last week, according to health department data.
At this point, more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19 have been documented in the county since the beginning of the pandemic.
Carroll County students returning to school on Wednesday will not be required to mask. The school board voted last week to hold off implementation of the state school mask order until after it is approved by a General Assembly committee. That decision is due on Sept. 14.
The Carroll County Board of Commissioners, however, updated restrictions last month regarding all gatherings and meetings involving county staff and county facilities. In awareness of increasing COVID-19 infections and in order to protect staff and the community, all county meetings or gatherings where physical distancing of six feet is not possible will return to a virtual environment.
The state’s COVID-19 numbers have been trending upward since the beginning of July but saw a small decrease as far as their testing positivity rate this week, reporting 4.65% on Tuesday and 5.05% last week. The state’s positivity rate hit a low of 0.45% in June.
According to the state website, 817 people are currently hospitalized due to the virus in Maryland, a 73-person jump from last week. Hospitalizations hit a low of 97 patients on July 2.
About 81.5% of eligible Marylanders have received at least one dose of vaccine. Children younger than 12 remain ineligible for the vaccines, though they are expected to qualify for vaccinations by the end of the year.
According to the county health department’s data, about 63% of eligible Carroll County residents have been fully vaccinated and almost 59% have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The health department strongly encourages anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated to get their first or second vaccine at one of the health department’s clinics, which are held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no clinic on Friday, Sept. 17.
People can preregister at cchd.maryland.gov/registration-links/ or simply walk-in to the health department, at 290 South Center Street in Westminster. People coming for second doses should bring their vaccine cards.