If you haven't been noticing, Howard County has one of the lowest (if not the lowest) positivity rates for the virus (one of the few counties under 5%) and one of the highest vaccination rates in Maryland (3rd highest rate and the only non-rural county scoring so high). We are used to having Howard County recognized as one of the best places to live in America for so long maybe we have just become accustomed to being good at most community aspects. Is the high vaccination rate the reason we have a low positivity rate? Is that we have many white-collar workers who have been working from home? Is our highly educated population more willing to socially distance and wear masks? Is our liberal political population less influenced by the distorted messaging from the right-wing political world that discredits the harm of the virus? Is our affluent population more health conscience and more likely to have access to good health care? The answer probably involves a little of each of these factors. Another reason to feel fortunate to live in a Rouse-designed community.