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Four more deaths due to COVID-19 in Carroll County as cases continue to decline at hospitals and in schools

As COVID-19 infection rates continue to decline in Carroll County, the county’s health department reported four additional deaths due to COVID-19 for the seven-day period ending Tuesday.

The total number of confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 in Carroll County stood at 378 as of Tuesday.

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Carroll County’s COVID-19 positivity rate reached 5.71% this week, putting the county in the “substantial transmission” category for the first time in months, according to Rachel Turner, community health educator at the Carroll County Health Department.

The overall COVID-19 case count in Carroll County is now at 20,929, Turner noted.

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Carroll County Public Schools reported Wednesday 131 positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff this week, the lowest number of cases reported in schools since mid-October. This number included four staff members and 127 students.

The school system also reported 40 people in quarantine this week, the lowest number of people in quarantine during this school year, according to the dashboard.

Quarantine data reflect the number of individuals required to quarantine because they have had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. The quarantine data do not reflect individuals in quarantine because they are COVID positive.

This is the sixth consecutive week that overall case numbers have declined, after peaking at 1,313 cases reported for the week ending Jan. 12.

This week, Cranberry Station had the most positive cases among elementary schools with 12, while Eldersburg reported 10.

Among middle schools, the highest number of cases was at Mount Airy, which reported eight. Sykesville Middle reported six cases and Oklahoma Road reported four.

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Manchester Valley had the most positive cases among high schools with six. Liberty High reported five cases and Winters Mill had four.

The Carroll County Health Department offers COVID testing at 290 S. Center St., Westminster. Testing is available 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. For updated information, visit cchd.maryland.gov/covidtesting or call 410-876-4848.

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The health department also hosts vaccination clinics at Carroll Community College for residents age 5 and older. Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations for COVID-19 are available. Registration is at https://cchd.maryland.gov/registration-links/.

Clinics at the college will be held 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., today and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday.

In partnership with the health department, the Carroll County Public Library system has been distributing free COVID-19 home-test kits at branches and its headquarters. Those interested should check the library website at https://library.carr.org or call 410-386-4488 for current distribution details.

Test kits also may be requested through the federal government online at covidtests.gov. One set of four tests is available per mailing address.

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 with an at-home test kit, the Maryland Department of Health asks that results be submitted to covidlink.maryland.gov/selfreport.


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