COVID

The local seven-day positivity rate is on the upswing as nearly one-fourth of Frederick County residents can say they’ve received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The seven-day positivity rate increased in one week from 4.1 to 5.5 percent locally, while Maryland’s positivity rate stood at 4.4 percent, an increase from 3.73 percent in a week, Maryland Department of Health data shows.

Approximately 23.5 percent of the local population, or 60,960 people, had received the first dose, up from 20.5 percent last week, according to Frederick County’s website. The fully vaccinated local population stood at 13.2 percent, or 34,340 people.

Those that have received the second dose comprise about 12.4 percent (32,278 people) of the county, up from 11.3 percent the week prior. Less than one percent of Frederick Countians got the single-shot vaccine, or 2,062 people.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) tweeted Sunday the state is now averaging 43,924 doses per day, with 2.18 million doses administered across the state. About 24.5 percent of Marylanders have received at least one shot. Most Marylanders are getting the two-shot vaccine, while 56,135 people had the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine as of March 20, state data showed Sunday. There were 780,190 Maryland residents fully vaccinated.

In Frederick County, there were 17,745 COVID-19 cases — up from 17,451 the week prior — and 283 deaths, an increase of five from one week ago, as of Sunday’s reporting. Maryland had confirmed 400,023 cases and 7,985 deaths.

Female Frederick County residents accounted for slightly more COVID-19 cases than males, at 52.1 percent, while female deaths stood at 51.2 percent.

Hispanic residents have contracted 13.7 percent of local cases, though Hispanic or Latino people make up about 10.5 percent of the county’s population, according to the most recent U.S. Census data. They represent 3.7 percent of deaths.

COVID-19 patients occupied three intensive care unit beds and 20 acute care beds at Frederick Health Hospital as of Sunday’s report. Across the state, 852 Marylanders were hospitalized.

Inside local congregate living facilities, 318 staff and 332 residents have contracted COVID-19. Sixty-four residents had died. There were no staff deaths as of Sunday.

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(19) comments

petersamuel

Shiftless: no, all deaths are sad and regrettable. But death seems to happen to everyone eventually, doesn't it.

vodalone

According to experts positivity rates are no longer a very accurate metric for level of community spread since testing volume has decreased significantly. The number to look at are hospitalizations at this point.

shiftless88

Five Frederick residents died of COVID last week. That is not good.

petersamuel

If there are 260,000 residents in Frederick County, if they have an average life expectancy of 80 years we should expect (260,000/80) 3,200 deaths per year or (3200/52) 61/week. That is not good.

shiftless88

So if five people per week die because of drunk driving you are telling me there would not be an outcry? How about five murders per week? That seems acceptable to you.

bosco

Certainly not good, especially since we all know how to prevent the spread. Masks when required. Social distance when required. Wash your hands before you stick your fingers in your mouth or nose. Makes me wonder how they got it.

phydeaux994

Trump told everybody if you wear a mask or stay home you’re a sissy. So the unEducated and Deplorables don’t wear masks and go to parties. Shoulda listened to Fauci.

bosco

Is that the same Fauci that on 60 Minutes last March said there was no reason for Americans to be wearing masks? That Fauci.

BTW, what's your source for your assertion about Trump?

threecents

The bottom line is that nothing Fauci did or said caused people to die from Covid-19, and the same is not true of Trump. Trump has blood on his hands for deliberately contradicting Fauci and other pandemic experts with regard to masking, distancing, and hydroxychloroquine.

bosco

So, Fido drops another steaming pile for his housekeeper to clean up when he claimed "Trump told everybody if you wear a mask or stay home you’re a sissy." and is apparently unable to provide a source for the quote other than Fido's own delusions. Typical of the lefties.

Nobody has to make up stuff for Hidin' Biden. He's stumbling well enough on his own.

threecents

Bosco, He paraphrased and you would know that if you had any objectivity or sense. We were all there and witnessed it, so why do you need references?

bosco

So, threecents, if it's OK for Fido to make claims about Trump under the guise of "paraphrasing" are you willing to accept "paraphrasing" regarding Hidin' Biden? Not that any paraphrasing is necessary for him, he stumbles enough on his own without having to make things up - such as the left claiming Trump told people to inject bleach.

vodalone

No, that is not good, I agree. Any death is tragic and no good. I'm simply stating positivity rates are not a very good metric currently, as testing is down. If you want to measure cases, just cases per 100,000 residents, or cumulative cases would be more accurate. Not sure why FNP is stuck on the positivity %.

bosco

In a statistics class one time, the professor quoted somebody as saying "There are lies, dam lies, and then there are statistics".

Sorry about the misspelling. The filters here wouldn't accept the correct spelling for "dam" lies.

threecents

Except that quote was popularized by Mark Twain, and it was old when he first said it.

mdabbs123

"..., according to the most recent U.S. Census data."

Which is from what year? Hasn't the Latino population increased every year in Frederick?Isnt their fear of being counted in the census leading to lower population numbers in "the most recent census"?

What are the county stats for white population v infections? Just curious.

Awteam2021

Mdabbs123 if curious, here are the county stats for white population v infections:

https://www.frederickcountymd.gov/8094/COVID-19-in-Frederick-County

mdabbs123

Thank you for the web site information. Although I didn't see the stats for my ? (white pop V. disease %), I did see, in Frederick county that white's are 51.9% of cases & 74.6% of deaths. I wonder if whites are 74.6% of Frederick county's population ?Forgive me for stat ignorance.

Awteam2021

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Frederick County, MD are White (Non-Hispanic) (74.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (9.13%), White (Hispanic) (6.85%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.37%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.59%).

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