COVID-19 FILE

In this Nov. 9, 2020, photo, the Frederick County Health Department’s mobile free COVID-19 unit was set up in the parking lot of the Frederick Towne Mall.

For the fifth day in a row, the COVID-19 testing positivity rate in Frederick County stands at 5 percent or above.

On Monday, the rate stood at 4.59 percent. On Tuesday, it had increased to 5.06 percent, followed by 5 percent, 5.06 percent and 5.2 percent on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, respectively. It was reported at 5 percent Saturday.

Less than 5 percent is the benchmark figure health experts have often cited as a goal for businesses and general activities to open up with social distancing and mask-wearing remaining in place.

The state positivity rate also increased Saturday, but it remains under 5 percent at 4.28 percent, an .11 percent increase from Friday. That marks 10 days of slight increases statewide.

Frederick County reported 40 additional cases of COVID-19 Saturday, bringing the pandemic total to 17,686. One new death was reported, increasing the death toll to 283.

In Maryland, 1,118 cases were reported Saturday, bringing the total to 399,016. The number of statewide deaths from COVID-19 is 7,973 after 26 additional deaths were reported.

The number of people in the hospital for COVID-19 also increased Saturday, with 850 people across the state hospitalized, an additional 34 since Friday. Of those in the hospital, 202 are in intensive care.

In the county, 23 people at Frederick Health Hospital had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday. Two people were in intensive care.

The state is now in vaccine phase 1C, and 767,996 people are fully vaccinated. In Frederick County, 33,914 people have been fully vaccinated, or 13.1 percent of the population.

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(8) comments

bosco

And, it's back under five percent today! Bad news for the gloom and doomers.

NewMarketParent

In the world of water is wet, we give up protective measures and of course, number spike. Next week in predictable outcomes, the sun will rise again tomorrow, or will it?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

A year later and here we are still not able to predict predictable outcomes....so maybe the sun won't rise tomorrow? and wet water is an illusion...and protective measures have no influence on predictable outcomes? It's like nothing make sense anymore....

Dwasserba

It was disheartening driving South to North Market yesterday and seeing so many walking talking faces. It's airborne and lingers, folks. Walk thru that aisle between tables at your own risk.

threecents

Likewise, taking a walk through Frederick yesterday and surprised that so many I passed on the sidewalk did not have masks. Come on folks, we are near the finish line.

bosco

Maybe they were vaccinated. What is the science regarding spread of Covid outdoors? I have never worn a mask out of doors yet, but do keep a distance from others.

bnick467

Hmmm... Governor Hogan lifts restrictions on public gatherings on March 12. A few days later the positivity rate begins to climb. Gee, I wonder what happened the LAST time restrictions were lifted? What about in other states? Maybe, just maybe, there is a correlation...

newspostreader

Couldn't be. Those darn masks and social distancing measures don't work. It's all just a hoax...... It blows my mind how some people truly think this way even when the numbers prove that those efforts do or did work.

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