New coronavirus cases in Frederick County fell to their lowest level since early October on Monday, while the death toll remained unchanged for a sixth consecutive day.

The 12 new cases reported by the Frederick County Health Department were the fewest in the county since the same number of cases were reported on Oct. 20.

Meanwhile, the positivity rate is on the verge of falling below 3 percent in the county for the first time since late October. On Monday, it stood at 3.1 percent after falling by more than two full percentage points over the last two weeks.

The key metrics continue to improve across the county as more county residents get vaccinated.

More than 34 percent of county residents have been fully vaccinated, and another 15 percent have received at least one dose of the two-shot vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.

No new deaths have been reported since last Tuesday, as the number of county residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19 remained at 311.

The improving coronavirus picture in the county is reflected elsewhere across the state, as Maryland dipped below 600 new cases for just the fourth time since late October.

The 520 new cases reported by the Maryland Department of Health were the fewest since 468 were reported on March 2.

Over the past two days, coronavirus-related hospitalizations across the state fell below 1,000 for the first time in over a month.

There were 953 COVID-19 patients in Maryland hospitals on Monday, which is seven fewer than the previous day. The number includes 265 state residents in intensive care due to the virus.

The seven-day rolling positivity rate across the state ticked up slightly to 3.69 percent after sinking to its lowest level since the middle of March, while the death toll in Maryland increased by 20 over the last 24 hours to 8,605 overall.

Maryland is on the verge of surpassing 5 million doses of vaccine. On Monday, the total number of doses administered was a little more than 4.9 million after more than 25,000 shots were given in a 24-hour period.

More than 2.1 million residents have now been fully vaccinated in a state of roughly 6 million, and more than 650,000 others have received at least one dose of one of the two-shot vaccines.

Administration of the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson was scheduled to resume in Maryland this week, with an increased allocation going to doctors’ offices, after it was paused on April 13 while federal officials could review a small number of blood clots that had developed in women who has received the vaccine.

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You included obesity in your example of deaths originally. Memory issues?


I included obesity in my 12:40 post, my 2:29 post when I responded when you asked if obesity is contageous, and my 3:07 post. Reading and comprehension issues?


Redumblican Trump told Woodward he downplayed COVID but knew it was way worse than the flu. Then said it would disappear like a miracle. Americans were receiving a false message from Donnie. You actually think 500,000 people died by their own hands?


Well, let's see. By the time US deaths hit 25,000, the science of how it was spreading was pretty much established by the CDC and even No-Mask Fauci was saying to wear a mask.

At that point, people who didn't mask up and/or practice good handwashing were knowingly or by sheer ignorance placing themselves at risk. At that point, the virus was containable. I didn't catch it. I assume you didn't catch it. We masked up and took precautions.

So, by whose hands did those people die?

Just like people who smoke, overeat to obesity, diabetes, or heart disease - at whose hand do they die?

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Did I say obesity is contagious? Reading and comprehension skills?


Only 575,000 dead Americans. No reason to be alarmed or take precautions.


I hate to sound callous, but that's probably 550, 000 people who didn't take precautions by masking up and washing their hands to break the chain of contamination from a surface and their nose/mouth. Once the science of what we were dealing with became known, the spread should've been contained.

How do you feel about the 500,000 Americans who die from smoking-related diseases every year? How about those who die from obesity every year? Other behavior-related conditions?


And it is Fauci's fault that people like Marinick would not always mask up, right?


How do you feel about President House Plant wearing a mask outdoors, panics when he misplaced it at an outdoor event in Georgia, tells us if we get vaccinated we can have a cookout in our backyards to celebrate Independence Day - but then visits President Carter and the former First Lady WITHOUT a mask?

Hypocrisy on full display.


Is that curve flattened enough? Can we open things back up and let the Vaccinated Community get on with our lives, sans mask?

Let the anti-vaxxers take responsibility for themselves - masks and handwashing - forever if they want.


[smile][smile] Exactly, bosco. Some here will call you and me "irresponsible", etc. Masks and socialist distancing -- all BS. [thumbup][thumbup]


And Hidin' Biden goes into panic mode when he can't find his mask at an outdoor event in Georgia. What's his message? He still doesn't trust the vaccines so we'll all be wearing masks until next year.

According to Dr. Fauci, the next surge is always just around the corner - Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day ( when Biden will allow us to have a cookout in our backyard) Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and so it goes.

Keep the people afraid and they are easier to control.


Bosco, Do you take stuff out of context and misinterpret stuff on purpose, or does it just come naturally to you?


Russel Westbrook had over 20 rebounds and over 20 assists last night, but he also fell down twice for no apparent reason. I think if you reported on the game, you would only point out his two slips and maybe his turnovers and missed free throws.


threecent say....."Bosco, Do you take stuff out of context and misinterpret stuff on purpose, or does it just come naturally to you?".......just following the lead of the Dimocrats and the media over the past several years. You gotta admit, they will seize of any snippet whether true or not, confirm each other, and then when proven false issue a weak retraction.


Mari, Check Bosco's 12:40 post.


So President House Plant wears a mask outside, but visits President Carter and the former First Lady without a mask? Good messaging and good optics.

But he wants us to stay in our backyard for a cookout on Independence Day?

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