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With 2020 almost over, Carroll County’s COVID-19 case total reaching 5,000

The number of total COVID-19 cases confirmed in Carroll County grew closer to 5,000 Wednesday, as the year of the pandemic nears its end, with the Carroll County Health Department’s most recent data.

The latest report showed 88 new cases, 69 of which are community cases and 19 from congregate living facilities.

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Three residents from Springfield Hospital Center are among the new facility cases, as well as one staffer from Lorien Taneytown and a resident at Copper Ridge. There were also 11 new cases from the Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville.

Three additional cases were counted from a facility deemed by the health department as too small to mention by name.

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There are active outbreaks at 12 elder care facilities, according to the health department website, as well as the correctional facility. There have been 183 Carroll County deaths attributed to COVID-19, 150 of which were members of elder care facilities. No new fatalities were reported Wednesday.

The data lists Carroll County as having had 320 total cases of COVID-19 last week, still down significantly from the 412 of the previous week and the record 422 for the week beginning Dec. 6. The previous weeks’ totals were adjusted by a few cases each with Wednesday’s report.

Carroll’s case rate per 100,000 in population, reported as a seven-day rolling average, is at 27.9 after being as high as 44.78 earlier in December.

Additionally, there were 29 new probable cases, making a total of 755. 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, came in at 7.74% through Monday, the most recent data available, below the state’s current average of 8.22%.

Three new hospitalizations were reported, leaving the county’s total number of community hospitalizations for COVID-19 since the pandemic began at 294.

The most recent data as of Dec. 24 shows Carroll Hospital treating 37 COVID-19 patients and another 11 who are under investigation for COVID-19, with 13 ICU beds in use and 147 beds in all.

Of the 3,982 community members who have tested positive in Carroll, 130 are younger than 10 years old; 432 are in the 10-19 range; 746 are 20-29 years old; 550 are 30-39; 564 are 40-49; 770 are 50-59; 470 are 60-69; 213 are 70-79; 93 are 80-89; and 14 are in their 90s. Women have accounted for 2,065 of the positive tests, and men for 1,917.

Of Carroll’s 4,985 total COVID-19 cases, Westminster has seen the most cases with 1,674 across two ZIP codes, followed by Sykesville/Eldersburg with 1,326, Mount Airy with 407, Manchester with 346, Hampstead with 336, Taneytown with 271, Finksburg with 254, New Windsor with 113, Woodbine with 77, Marriottsville with 76, Union Bridge with 49 and Keymar with 44. 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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