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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Latest on Covid 19 in Howard County from County Executive

 
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     On this Status Update Sunday, we are pleased to announce that our Howard County Health Department has reached an important milestone of 45 contact tracers available. Cited in our HoCo RISE plan, the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health estimated 15 contact tracers per 100,000 population needed, and we are close and continue to onboard others.
 
Having robust contact tracing, a stable supply of PPE at more than 30 days, and an increase of tests administered per day, a stark increase from 116 in April to 657 in June, puts us in a good position to allow further easing of restrictions on opening or operation of businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities.
 
Our preparation is showing in our data, which is progressing in the right direction. The seven-day rolling average positivity rate peaked on April 29th at 28.2%; and, as of today, the seven-day rolling average positivity rate is 5.58%, below the state average of 6.72%.  
 
The seven-day rolling average for ventilator utilization has decreased from 24.4% a week ago to 12.0% today. The ICU utilization rate has remained flat at 63.3%, and acute care utilization has decreased from 91.3% to 81.9%.
 
I strongly encourage residents to continue practicing physical distancing, wear face coverings when interacting with others, and frequently wash hands.
 
For more data, visit our COVID-19 dashboard here: https://bit.ly/3b5vqOO

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