New cases of COVID-19 in Carroll County rose slightly last week, producing the first week-over-week increase in a month. In addition, another county resident was reported to have died as a result of the virus.
The Carroll County Health Department reported 50 new cases Monday, covering the previous 72 hours, and announced that an over 65 resident at Sun Valley Homestead died on April 30.
That makes 244 Carroll deaths attributed to the coronavirus, 173 residents of congregate living facilities and 71 members of the wider community.
Preliminarily, health department data shows 153 total new cases last week for an increase of seven over the week before. Carroll had seen 146 cases the week of April 18, 191 the week of April 11 and 227 the week of April 4 after hitting a recent peak of 229 the week of March 28, still well below the record 500-plus cases seen the first full week of 2021.
Forty-nine of the new cases were community cases with one a staff member at Springfield Hospital.
Carroll’s testing positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that returned positive results over the past seven days, rose slightly to 5.04%. That rate has been between 4.55% and 5.32% since April 11. The World Health Organization recommends jurisdictions report a positivity rate below 5% for two weeks before easing coronavirus restrictions.
Carroll’s case rate per 100,000 people per day, reported as an average over the past seven days, rose slightly to 12.38. The rate had been as low as 7.46 in early March after peaking at 47.58 on Jan. 11.
The health department also announced it will decrease the number of weekly updates to its COVID-19 dashboard from five to two — posting data on Mondays and Fridays. It had been providing weekday coronavirus reports for about a year. The department will also no longer update cases by ZIP code.
Around the state
Maryland health officials reported 520 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the state’s total to 449,509 cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus since March 2020. The state’s 14-day average of new cases has fallen every day since April 20 and has been below 1,000 for three straight days.
The state reported that 953 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus, seven fewer people than Sunday. Until Sunday, hospitalizations had been above 1,000 every day since March 29, but Monday was sixth consecutive day that hospitalizations have dropped. Currently, 265 people diagnosed with COVID-19 are in intensive care units.
The state’s positivity rate is 3.69%.
The Carroll County Health Department is listing upcoming vaccination clinics on its website with links to register. Current clinics with availability are May 5 at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown, May 6 at TownMall of Westminster and May 7 at TownMall of Westminster. All three clinics are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the TownMall clinics being held at the former Sears location.
The Moderna vaccine will be administered at the first two; Johnson & Johnson vaccine is scheduled for May 7. Appointments can be made by going to cchd.maryland.gov/registration-links. Those older than 65 or in need of assistance to register are asked to call 410-876-4848.
The state of Maryland is in Phase 3 of vaccine eligibility, meaning anyone 16 and older can sign up and receive the vaccine. All Marylanders 16 and older can register for an appointment at a mass vaccination site by going to covidvax.maryland.gov or calling 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829).
Carroll has reported 7,847 cases of community members who have tested positive — 4,025 women and 3,822 men. Age group data:
Carroll has reported 9,079 total COVID-19 cases.
In addition to those, the health department reported 19 probable cases meaning Carroll has seen 3,057 probables since the beginning of the pandemic. These are patients who test 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.
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Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.