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Carroll County Health Department reports congregate living facility COVID-19 case total nears 1,000

Carroll County’s number of confirmed congregate living facility cases attributed to COVID-19 continued to climb toward 1,000 since the beginning of the pandemic, but there were no fatalities reported Wednesday by the Carroll County Health Department.

The department’s most recent data showed 57 cases overall, 45 community cases and 12 from congregate living facilities.

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Carroll has seen 915 facility cases overall. Three of them from the latest data came from the Central Maryland Correctional Facility, while two were staff members at Birch Manor in Sykesville. There was one Birch Manor resident, and one staff member from Longview in Manchester. The health department also reported four residents at a facility with small numbers, and an additional staff member at a similar facility. In those instances, the department doesn’t share details.

The county also reported nine facility cases (six staff members at one site and three at another) that were deemed to be “out-of-county” and as being at places with small numbers, so the health department did not share details. Ten facilities in Carroll, as well as the Central Maryland Correctional Facility, are listed as sites of active outbreaks on the health department’s website.

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Carroll’s case rate per 100,000 in population dropped a bit to 39.35. So far this week, Carroll has seen 177 cases. Last week’s record high total was adjusted up by two to 405 and the previous week’s total rose to 389.

Carroll’s total number of probable cases since the beginning of the pandemic is up to 524. 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, reported as a seven-day rolling average, jumped to 7.37% through Tuesday, the latest data available.

Only one member of the community was hospitalized, according to the latest health department data, bringing the county’s total number of community hospitalizations for COVID-19 since the pandemic began to 241.

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Health department data showed 74 community members as being 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, 3,156 have been declared cured.

Of the 3,344 community members who have tested positive in Carroll, 105 are younger than 10 years old; 373 are in the 10-19 range; 637 are 20-29 years old; 455 are 30-39; 469 are 40-49; 653 are 50-59; 395 are 60-69; 176 are 70-79; 71 are 80-89; and 10 are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 1,725 of the positive tests and men for 1,618 (one case is listed as an undetermined gender).

Of Carroll’s 4,259 total COVID-19 cases, Westminster has seen the most cases with 1,452 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 1,092, Mount Airy with 376, Manchester with 305, Hampstead with 274, Taneytown with 231, Finksburg with 216, New Windsor with 96, Marriottsville with 66, Woodbine with 61, Union Bridge with 40, and Keymar with 39. 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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