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Carroll County reports another congregate living facility death as week’s coronavirus case total nears 200

Carroll County recorded 86 new COVID-19 cases and an additional death in a congregate living facility in Wednesday’s data release by the Carroll County Health Department.

The coronavirus-related fatality came from a facility that the health department didn’t name because of its small size. That gives the county 147 facility deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 70 confirmed new community cases according to health department’s most recent data.

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Sixteen new facility cases were among the 86 new total cases: five from the Central Maryland Correctional Facility, three residents from Pleasant View, three staff members and one resident from Longview, two staffers from Springfield Hospital Center, one staff member from Copper Ridge, and one resident from Lorien Mount Airy. According to the health department website, 12 elder care facilities and the correctional facility are sites with current outbreaks.

Because of the holiday, Wednesday’s data update is the last of the week.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases this week is 184 through Wednesday. Data adjustments increased last week’s total case number to 407 and the previous week’s to 418. The health department added 18 new cases to last week’s number.

Carroll’s case rate per 100,000 in population, reported as a seven-day rolling average, rose a bit to 37.74, after being as high as 44.78 last week.

Additionally, after numerous cases have been confirmed with PCR tests, there have been 652 probable cases in Carroll. 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, dropped to 7.78% through Tuesday, the most recent data available, but still came above the state’s average of 7.47%.

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There were two new hospitalizations within the community, according to the latest health department data, leaving the county’s total number of community hospitalizations for COVID-19 since the pandemic began at 256.

The most recent data shows Carroll Hospital treating 36 COVID-19 patients, and another 24 who are under investigation for COVID-19 with 12 ICU beds in use and 168 beds in all.

The health department is changing its process for COVID-19 test registrations because of the increase in demand, with a stated goal of focusing on those who’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or are showing symptoms. Those seeking tests for other reasons would be asked to look into other options. This registration process change will be implemented beginning Dec. 27.

The testing center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, but will be closed Dec. 24 due to another event at the site. The health department is closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. For more information on the testing center and COVID-19 testing, go to cchd.maryland.gov/covidtesting.

Of the 3,716 community members who have tested positive in Carroll, 120 are younger than 10 years old; 414 are in the 10-19 range; 701 are 20-29 years old; 508 are 30-39; 522 are 40-49; 722 are 50-59; 433 are 60-69; 200 are 70-79; 84 are 80-89; and 12 are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 1,930 of the positive tests and men for 1,786.

Of Carroll’s 4,690 total COVID-19 cases, Westminster has seen the most cases with 1,580 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 1,234, Mount Airy with 400, Manchester with 329, Hampstead with 312, Taneytown with 255, Finksburg with 237, New Windsor with 106, Woodbine with 72, Marriottsville with 69, Union Bridge with 43, and Keymar with 42. 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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