Coronavirus

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpassed 1,500 in Frederick County on Monday.

The county added an additional 26 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Frederick County Health Department, bringing the total in the county to 1,503.

This means about 0.6 percent of the county’s residents, or roughly six out of 1,000 residents, have received a positive test result for the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.

Slightly more than half of the confirmed cases in Frederick County have now been released from isolation.

But as cases rose in the county and across the state, hospitalizations related to COVID-19 continued to drop as the number of patients in intensive care reached a 19-day low.

While hospitalizations in the state dropped overall, in Frederick County they rose by four, a four-day high.

Frederick County now has 106 hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Numbers are not broken down by intensive care and acute care.

As of 10:20 a.m. Monday, the Maryland Department of Health reported there were 555 COVID-19 patients receiving intensive care — the lowest since April 28, when there were 551 patients.

With the numbers of intensive care patients dropping, as well as those in acute care, current hospitalizations reached their lowest in 23 days. There were 1,447 people currently hospitalized as of Monday morning. The numbers had not dropped below 1,450 since April 25.

Current hospitalizations and intensive care patients are two measures that the state and counties look at to determine if the state is entering a deceleration phase of the pandemic, said Dr. Randall Culpepper, deputy health officer with the Frederick County Health Department. Deaths related to COVID-19 are also considered.

“Although the numbers for each of these metrics are low on a daily basis at the county level, we are beginning to see a persistent decline across all three metrics, likely indicating the county is in the early phase of deceleration,” Culpepper said in an email.

The drop in hospitalizations is likely due to the stay-at-home order put in place by Gov. Larry Hogan on March 31, as well as other measures such as using physical distancing, wearing personal protective equipment and teleworking, Culpepper said.

While Hogan lifted the stay-at-home order on Friday, it will take more than two days to determine how the first stage of the Roadmap to Recovery will affect the COVID-19 situation in Maryland.

Not all jurisdictions followed Hogan’s plan. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner issued a modified reopening plan, including delays to when houses of worship and personal services may reopen.

Others like Howard County allowed retail to open but only for curbside delivery instead of at 50 percent capacity as Hogan announced.

There was a smaller increase in the number of deaths, with 27 new deaths reported in the state. New reported deaths have fluctuated throughout May, with lows of 26 on May 3 and 28 on May 10. However, after a dip, the numbers tended to rise back up.

At this point, there have been more than 3.5-times as many deaths due to COVID-19 in two months than there were roadway fatalities in 2019, according to the most recent data available from the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Frederick County reported two additional deaths Monday — a woman in her 60s and a man in his 80s.

Overall, confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose by 959 in Maryland, slightly higher than Sunday’s numbers. Maryland is now just shy of 40,000 cases of the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 and will likely exceed that amount by Tuesday.

However, the state numbers are likely lower than reality as county health departments report slightly higher numbers than the Maryland Department of Health does.

This includes the Frederick County Health Department, which consistently reports higher case and death counts than the state. This is in part due to differences in how deaths are reported, with the state health department waiting for a full death certificate, which can take longer.

Numbers like those seen Monday will likely continue if people follow the steps issued by the governor and the health department, Culpepper said. This includes using face coverings, teleworking and physical distancing.

“Now is not the time to drop our guard and begin those activities that are likely to cause outbreaks and escalate the pandemic again in our region,” Culpepper said in an email.

Follow Heather Mongilio on Twitter: @HMongilio

Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at hmongilio@newspost.com.

(36) comments

aust42

The numbers never justified shutting down the economy. Now this has become politicized by our pathetic politicians.

Greg F

1784 new cases overnight. That is NOT a drop.

FBoard

1748 confirmed cases, not new. And that number is up/growing because many more tests are being conducted. Do not equate an increase in confirmed cases as a increase in the spread. It does reduce the reported mortality rate, as more cases are identified with fewer deaths, the rate is dropping, as are hospitalizations.

mr_twist27

The virus isn't going away in 1 month, 4 months or 6 months. At some point we have to open up and let things begin to get back to normal. Less then 200 people in Maryland under the age of 60 have died. So as long as anyone 60+ takes special precautions we shouldn't see a dramatic increase in deaths if we open up. Everyone under 60, wear your mask and get back to business.

Greg F

Twisty....those of us with those conditions are taking precautions...the issues is not us, it is you and the others that are clueless about what to do. 1784 cases NEW overnight. That's not a drop...and shows people aren't taking precautions. So...you don't care about old people...that's you. Good grief....let's see how you feel when you know someone who dies because somebody didn't do their part.

FBoard

1748 confirmed cases, not new. And that number is up/growing because many more tests are being conducted. Do not equate an increase in confirmed cases as a increase in the spread. No one is saying they do not care about old people, but we should not apply the same restrictions across the board.

caspiansails

Time to move forward Jan. To date there are 29 non nursing home deaths in Frederick county. That is less than .5 per day to date. Those in nursing homes are sheltered in place and are not affected by the general population. The number currently infected remains fairly stable. Time for you step back your restrictions. Under no reasonable account is Frederick County a hot spot. None.

Greg F

Trump firing watchdogs..again. Not the time to stop. Trump is on a coverup rampage.

bosco

Can you explain the science behind you not wanting to stop the lockdown? What goal are you looking for to determine that it is safe to venture out into the marketplace?

Greg F

I will rely on the experts...in SCIENCE...not the bleach injecting pill popper in the oval office. You want science go find it. You know where to do that, but you are too lazy to go there and just want to coddle yourself.

Greg F

1784 new cases overnight. Math there...that's a science too. It's also not "down" either. Again...I'll take NIH, CDC, WHO, Dr. Gupta, over Donald Trump-Kevorkian any day.

bosco

You'd better stay inside until those case numbers drop to a level you are comfortable with since that is your benchmark.

For the rest of us, reopen with precautions.

benedictus

Frederick County has more new cases yesterday than 11 states. Hospitalizations were actually up here, if you read the article. It makes perfect sense that we’re opening at a slower pace than counties that have less than a quarter our number of cases.

tptfmd

New case numbers are irrelevant because of increased testing.

MRS M

If anyone has ever underestimated the stupidity of the American people.......

bosco

Maybe you can explain that to GregF. He seems a little tense today.[ninja]

FBoard

MRS M your comment about the "stupidity of American people" appears to be in response to tptfmd's comment on the relevance of additional testing. tptfmd is absolutely correct. New, confirmed causes does NOT necessarily mean there is a continued or increased spread. The only "fact" is that an increasing number of tests are being conducted. The metric the state of MD has says it is using is: # of hospitalized and # of deaths. Those number are dropping, and it is time to open up, knowing that we will have to co-exist with the virus. A small percentage of the population is confirmed to have the virus, a smaller of hospitalizations, and a smaller (and dropping because of increased testing) number of fatalities. The curve is flattened, the health care system has it well in hand. Now is the time to open up in a manner that continues the downward slope, and Yes that is certainly attainable, with out destroying so many aspects of our live.

rbtdt5

Even the nursing home deaths are fading, this has killed off the weak. It has been a terrible flu but it's been killing very few percentage wise. Not near enough to shut down all small businesses. All while allowing the big guys to richer than ever. This "you can only buy from Costco, Walmart, Target and other giants" has to stop. Small business can do 100 times better than the big guys when it comes to safety. The people are done, the hoax is over … again. Time to get back to what we do.

Jleftwich

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FrederickFan

That's rude! And it's not the flu for heaven sake! Go to the Maryland department of Health webpage and look it up. 63 died from the flu this year in Maryland. As of today 1903 people died of COVID. Does that seem the same to you?

rbtdt5

Poor Steve, have to resort to lies. I have NEVER once said anything about not wearing a mask or following certain rules, but I can't argue with someone that lives in lala land and makes stuff up on the fly.

bnick467

The reason that the number currently infected remains stable is BECAUSE of the restrictions. But you keep parroting the narrative from the billionaires who want the economy back open so they can keep making more money that they'll never be able to spend.

rbtdt5

Got any proof of that? How are the states with less restrictions doing?

vodalone

It's not he billionaire's that want the economy back, it's your neighbors who are small business owners or work for small businesses. The corporate billionaires will make their money no problem, all of their companies (Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) are all open and thriving.

FBoard

There is no definitive proof that the lock down slowed the spread and stabilized cases. It is highly likely it did. And it made sense in March, when there was little data to make decisions on. Now there is plenty of data, cases are increasing because testing is increasing and more wide spread, but hospitalizations and deaths are dropping. Everyone who is not fearful (and IMO over reacting) wants the economy open. We want our lives to return to some sense of normalcy. A year from now, we will likely look back and realize that while Covid is worse than the flu, BECAUSE it's new (novel), that the initial response was probably the correct thing to do, but the length of the "lock down" will have caused more damage than the virus itself.

bosco

Agree. It's time to open things up and let people get on with their lives. The curve has been flattened. The health care system is not over burdened. In the absence of a vaccine, the virus will be around for a while. For the majority of the population, the virus is a non-event or a mild-event. With more testing comes more "cases". The number of deaths are dropping. Georgia, which is ahead of everybody in reopening continues to experience a dropping death rate from Covd-19.

Those who are scared to leave their house should stay there. The rest of us are ready to go out and enjoy life. Reopen with precautions.

Jleftwich

Quote from Bosco: "Georgia, which is ahead of everybody in reopening continues to experience a dropping death rate from Covd-19."

Sorry to burst your bubble....

"In fact, there was no clear downward trend. The data is still preliminary, and cases have held steady or dropped slightly in the past two weeks."

"But because it can take weeks for case information to come in, the new method always appears to show that cases are declining, even if they are not. The charts that used it stirred suspicion and confusion, and ran afoul of principles for communicating during a public health crisis, experts said."

(Source: https://bit.ly/3e0FSYU)

vodalone

Check the Georgia state health department site. Your source took a technical error made on the site and ran with it like they uncovered Watergate 2.0. The data on the site has since been corrected and still shows a downward trend, but hey whatever fits your narrative right?

bosco

I've been watching the charts and info from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

bosco

The death rate in Georgia is still dropping. Have you heard much about that on the news? Probably not, since it doesn't fit the media's paradigm of a death toll to lay at Trump's feet.

[ninja]

Jleftwich

The response by MD gov't and Hogan has been measured and based on evidence. Is it perfect, no. Is it yielding results? Yes. The state and localities will open in a measured way as safely as possible.

But it won't matter if the disease is raging on around other places in the U.S because some (including politicians) encourage ignoring health guidelines. People can travel freely

The numbers are encouraging, but we need to remain cautious and vigilant. It may no be an inferno any longer, but the house is still burning.

vodalone

I'm curious, at what point in terms of date and metrics do you think it's okay to reopen things? I recall all of your comments are very anti-reopening. With people that share your point of view, what is your end game in all of this? The full lock down crowd is clearly becoming the small minority nationally and even globally, so I'm just trying to understand what you need to see in society to start a recovery process.

Jleftwich

My comments are "anti-reopening"? I'm part of the "full lockdown crowd"?

I'm flattered you supposedly read *all* of my comments, but where have you seen me say something like I'm not in favor of reopening?

Early on in this crisis? Yeah. That was long before we ever saw the consistent downward trend here in MD.

In my comment you respond to, I said that the numbers are encouraging, and that we will open in a safe, measured way. But if there are some out there (where ever that may be) who disregard health guidelines, then it could be all for naught. Yes, what happens in places elsewhere can affect all of us (obviously, since this pandemic is global).

Jleftwich

But how is any of what I just posted "anti-reopening"?

vodalone

Jleftwich. I haven't read all of your comments, but in regards to the issue of re-opening you seem to be against any progression, so that's why I'm asking at which point will you decide it's time move forward? If your condition is that EVERYONE will fully abide by wearing a mask and keeping with social distancing at all times when they are out, well then I hate to break it to you, but you will never have anyone doing anything 100% of the time. Even if this disease was Ebola or worse where your skin would melt off within minutes of exposure, some people will still not abide by health official directives. It's just human nature. We fully locked down because of an outbreak of an unknown deadly disease, but at this point as we have learned more over the last few months we know who is most vulnerable and the IFR of this disease is nowhere near what was initially feared. We should proceed accordingly, with caution and preventive measures, but also conscious that there will be local outbreaks which will have to be contained going forward.

Jleftwich

I think we're talking past each other. Believe it or not, I think you and I are on the same side here: for re-opening while still following health guidelines.

Not, I'm not so naive to believe *everyone* will follow the guidelines all the time. We're already seeing videos of the "Karens" out there testing the rules of grocery stores, admonishing clerks just trying to do their job.

As I mentioned in my previous posts here, The numbers are encouraging, and I think Hogan and company have done an admirable job (the unemployment website notwithstanding).

No, I'm not against progression. Reopening too soon *could* lead to issues. Ad it's not just me saying that, it's the health experts. Rather, proceeding with caution and preventive measures (as you said) is prudent.

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