Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

COVID hospitalizations in Maryland have been steadily increasing since the beginning of October, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health. As October comes to an end, the number has reached 520, the first time the state has reached the 500s since the beginning of August. 

Frederick County has 16 hospitalizations, down from last Sunday's 20. Still, the county has not seen numbers this high since June.

Maryland reported 967 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, while the county reported 31. Maryland reported 10 new deaths, bringing the state's death toll to 4,000. 

No new deaths were reported in Frederick County. One hundred thirty people have died in the county from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in March. 

Positivity rates -- the percentage of people tested who receive a positive result -- continues to increase at both the county and state level. The County reports a 3.1 percent positivity rate while the state reports 3.77 percent. 

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I tagged along and pushed the cart while Mrs. Bosco did a shopping trifecta today - Giant, Costco, and Target. I did not see one person in all three venues not wearing a mask.

Not sure where Doctor Fed Up GregF shops, but he needs to rethink his retail choices.

What say you, Doctor Fed Up GregF?



Are you suggesting that your experience today is definitive?


No more than Doctor Fed Up GregF's rants about his shopping trips are definitive. See his rant today about rugrats and shopping and you'll get the picture. I've asked him before about his sampling size, but he never states it. That's why I stated the three shopping venues from my observations.

I was pleased to see so much compliance. We all should be.



I expected more from you than GregF. I’ll adjust my expectations.


Sorry, I forgot about school sports. Should be just fine.


Now is surely the time to get those kids back in school, right?


Sending them back to school now might help with our human overpopulation problem. The only issue with that approach is the collateral damage to innocent people who are doing the right thing.

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