On this status update Sunday, Howard County has a positivity rate of 3.51%, notably still below 5%, with a 7-day average daily case rate of 41. Our hospitalizations are also still low, with 13 COVID-19 patients in the ICU and acute care.
We have now tested 15.8% of our population and reached the highest daily average number of tests at 1,517, with 10,622 tests administered last week – a 33% increase over the previous week. This is the third week in a row we’ve exceeded our HoCo RISE goal of 6,500 tests per week.
As of yesterday, the average age of new daily confirmed cases is 32. As we noted last week, the increase in younger COVID-19 patients is concerning, and households should still be cautious. If you have been around people outside of your household - including extended family, going to work, or have traveled anywhere recently, please take the time to get tested this week. To date, twice as many people 36 and over are being tested compared to those 35 and under. As we continue to increase testing frequency, we will be able to track and isolate the virus more effectively.
With the Governor's latest masking-order and our continued vigilance, we can prevent a large outbreak and keep our community safe.
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