Coronavirus

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

The number of deaths from COVID-19 in Frederick County over the last 2 1/2 months is now more than four-times more than roadway fatalities in the county in all of 2019.

The Frederick County Health Department reported Friday that the 100th Frederick County resident died from COVID-19. There were 24 roadway deaths in all of last year, the Maryland Department of Transportation told WFMD last week.

The 100 deaths marks an increase of four since Thursday, although that does not mean that all four deaths occurred then. There is a lag between deaths and when they are reported, said Rissah Watkins, director of planning, assessment and communications for the health department.

The four new deaths include a woman in her 100s, the oldest person to die from COVID-19, so far, in the county. The other three deaths are a man in his 90s, a woman in her 90s and a woman in her 70s, Watkins said in an email.

There are now 1,653 confirmed cases of the disease in Frederick County, which means about 6 percent of those diagnosed have died. However, that is not the mortality rate of the disease in the county as it does not include those who had COVID-19 but were not tested.

Overall, the county has received results from 10,652 tests, with a positivity rate of about 15.5 percent. That does not necessarily mean 10,652 people have been tested as there are scenarios where a person may be tested more than once. Deaths across the state increased by 47, slightly higher than the increases reported Thursday and Wednesday, which saw 41 new deaths each day.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpassed the number of flu diagnoses in Maryland on Friday, as COVID-19 cases topped 44,000. It is not clear if this is the case in Frederick County as the Maryland Department of Health does not provide influenza data by county, although it is likely that there have been more COVID-19 cases and deaths in Frederick County.

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The Maryland Department of Health reported an additional 893 cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 44,424 in less than three months. This does not include 28 Frederick County additional cases reported Friday afternoon.

The Maryland Department of Health reported 43,996 cases of flu over the 6.5-month flu season. In that same season, 4,018 people were hospitalized due to influenza. COVID-19 hospitalizations surpassed that on April 27, almost two months after the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state.

Hospitalizations are dropping, with 45 fewer current hospitalizations reported Friday than on Thursday. Intensive and acute care numbers, as well as current hospitalizations, are at their lowest since April 20.

However, that does not mean there are not people being hospitalized for the disease. There were 149 more people reported hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Friday.

The consistent declines in current hospitalizations have been seen throughout the week since Gov. Larry Hogan initiated the first part of his reopening, which included allowing businesses to reopen at 50 percent capacity. However, not all jurisdictions followed the governor’s plans. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner implemented a modified and delayed reopening plan, as did Howard County Executive Calvin Ball.

In Prince George’s County, which has the most cases and deaths, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks extended the stay at home order to June 1.

While current hospitalizations continue to drop, cases and deaths are not following that trend. Cases increased by 893, which is smaller than the reported increase Thursday.

The number of confirmed cases are likely to rise as testing increases. There will be at least four state-run sites where people can get tested without symptoms, if they think they have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, according to an announcement this week.

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.

(55) comments

rbtdt5

I miss the forums. I wish I could keep up with comments and keep a discussion going.

DickD

I wish Heather would keep the County and State separate and quit mentioning both in the same paragraph.

jsklinelga

This is a pandemic and it is crippling our economy which is why it would be helpful to have some real numbers. As i posted before the FNP reported the death rate for CoVid was 31 times higher than the flu. In 2016 80,000 Americans (reported) died of the flu. Tracking for the flu was not as through as tracking has been for CoVid.

We need real answers not political fudging. Is 100000 deaths combining the flu, Covid and pneumonia ( most probably reported as CoVid for financial reasons) as alarming as portrayed? If you discount the wild Covid spread in the New York nursing homes or even our local nursing homes is the US really under a health siege?

Obadiah Plainsmen

"Overall, the county has received results from 10,652 tests, with a positivity rate of about 15.5 percent. That does not necessarily mean 10,652 people have been tested as there are scenarios where a person may be tested more than once".

Translated it means: Overall the county has performed 10,652 tests. That's NOT the actual number of people that have been tested. Because we did not document who was tested and a person could have been tested 3,4,5,6, times and tested positive each time. Six tests, six positive results. But that's irrelevant we are the government and you are to do what we tell you. And it would be interesting to see the actual count of those who died from covid19 only, and not covid19 with underlying medical conditions.

petersamuel

The big news is the former Lockdownista Supremo Tony Fauci has flipped: “We can’t stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health, We are enthusiastic about reopening. I think we can do it in pace that would be reasonable and would get us back as a society from a morale standpoint as well as the economy.,,,I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for prolonged period of time is the way to go.” (CNBC Halftime Report)

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Our feeble leader and his government has failed the greatest generation

jsklinelga

DeplorableLocalVeteran

Your comment sums up many similar comments. Pure politics with little thought. What is curious is the confusing local numbers concerning the virus. That makes individual choices harder.

The other day it was posted that the CoVid death rate was 31 times greater than the flu Charting the history of flu deaths something appears abnormal. Are institutions given money for care of people that died of this virus?

Also the numbers of people having the virus steadily increase. How many people currently have the virus in the county would be helpful to know. Let us take Brunswick with a population of 4000 plus. Are there currently 25 people that have the virus? Or have there been 25 people over the course of the last 2.5 months and currently there may be only 10 or less within the community. This would seem to be relevant information.

No aspersions meant. Just seeking, clearer, more defined information from which to make personal choices.

DickD

As DV says, a deplorable leader, someone we need to get rid of!

phydeaux994

They were wrong jsk. It happens. Except to DJ Trump. He’s never wrong. Right?

bosco

Deplorable, don't forget that it was Trump who cleaned house at the VA in response to long wait times for an appointment and veterans can now go to a private doctor of their choosing and the VA pays.

awteam2000

Wow, I didn’t know if you’re over seventy your life is less relevant... No big deal ... your days are numbered anyway... How many deaths from the Coronavirus are over 70 and they where on their last leg? The majority of Frederick and a large number of Maryland Coronavirus deaths were in assistant living facilities, higher then the national average. Older, “Morbidly-Obese” seems to get hit the hardest. Somebody should let Trump know. You can’t be more under ‘assistant living conditions’ then living in the White House, (the west wing is pretty highly congregated). The building smells like a museum.

How old is Trump? And he’s clearly shopping in the oversize men’s department. Have you ever seen him slogging along the lawn at the White House to get on the helicopter to fly to Andrews Air Force Base? He’s clearly in the high risk group.

rbtdt5

So far this has been about 4x worse than the flu and 30x less than the doom and gloom projections. If you are fat or old or sick, you should stay home, the rest of us should be able to go out.

phydeaux994

Anyone of any age can be infected and spread the virus. That’s what these restrictions are trying to limit. And people from infants to 100+ year olds are dying. The hit on the Economy will rise as the Coronavirus spreads so you’re really losing in the long run.

vodalone

More infants die from flu than Covid, in fact this is true for anyone under 19. Do a quick google search

phydeaux994

You are right. And I didn’t claim otherwise.

steelersfan2005

no one is stopping you from going out.

rbtdt5

But many of us want to go back to our old jobs.

phydeaux994

When it is deemed safe you can. If they want you back.

Nancy Day

So you subscribe to the clown at 1600's outright lies and data manipulation which diminishes the losses? By all means, head out. Please. Have fun. No one is stopping you.

FrederickFan

63 people died of the flu in Maryland over the past six months but more than 2000 died from COVID. Seems like the flu. - NOT

jsklinelga

Frederick Fan

Strange indeed. Covid seems to actually decrease the number of flu deaths. in the recent past flu deaths have been 15 to 20 times higher in the State.

public-tertiary

“in the recent past flu deaths have been 15 to 20 times higher in the State.“

The data I’ve found shows no more the ~25 deaths per 100,000 Maryland residents and no less than ~14 deaths per 100,000 Maryland from flu and related illnesses in the last 20 years. That means flu deaths in the state were no more than 1.8 times higher in the recent past, when “recent” is defined as 20 years. What do you mean by “recent past” and could you kindly link to your source(s) for the “15 to 20 times higher” assertion. Thank you.

threecents

It has been 30x less than the doom and gloom projections because of masks and social distancing - which are not foolproof. And latest I heard is that 35% of those infected don't have symptoms but can still spread it. In other words YOU might be spreading it to people. You need to keep that in mind and continue to wash up, mask up, and social distance where possible. In other words don't be a jerk, and don't enable jerks.

rbtdt5

Also what's funny is it's the old and sick that are out. I was lowes the other day and thinking half these people shouldn't be out if there was not a virus going around. Natural Selection.

public-tertiary

If they are past their reproductive years, then there is no natural selection going on.

rbtdt5

Then lets call it thinning the herd.

public-tertiary

rbtdt5, I have occasionally mentioned that the world would be a nicer place with fewer people. Some commenters have then described me as heartless — but, notably, no one has ever disagreed.

threecents

Sorry Pub - you beat me to it.

public-tertiary

three, No worries. There is so much misunderstanding of evolution via natural selection amongst commenters that pointing out something Just twice is likely not enough. I still headdesk when someone equates the Big Bang with evolution.

threecents

Remember what a said about not being a jerk? Please don't kill my stubborn mother.

threecents

And natural selection has nothing to do with people beyond their reproductive years. Jeesh.

bosco

How many of the 100 deaths were in congregate living facilities and how many were in people under 70 with no underlying conditions?

Greg F

Always the same comment. How many weren’t. You know the answer. How many are acceptable to you? 5? 30? 100? You seem to assume anyone outside the centers is immune and you carry no responsibility if you’re a carrier and asymptomatic and question the value of testing as a waste of time for most. So, given your posting history I’d assume you have no remorse for unwittingly sentencing someone to death by going out and possibly infecting them so long as you can avoid not knowing you’re possibly the one that was the perp. How responsible of you that it’s conveniently older people so you can shift blame to them and avoid any fingerpointing as you being the potential Typhoid Mary.

bosco

And GregF, thank you for so closely monitoring my postings and my asking questions that should be asked rather than blindly following the politician's and media's paradigm. You are welcome to shelter in place until the next decade without questioning why if you care to, but We The People have a right to know how and what science is behind the decisions that are destroying our economy.

Now, be a good little trooper and get back under the covers.

phydeaux994

😷😷😷😷 wear a mask bosco. Stay home. If you don’t care about your family’s lives, fine. But care about others lives. 95% of American citizens have no immunity to this disease. The vast majority of deaths from here on out are unnecessary. See you in Church Sunday, get there early, it will be packed.

public-tertiary

trouper, not trooper.

Jleftwich

*sigh*

A majority of people *want* to reopen the economy. But NOT at the expense of other people’s health. Governors, and local health officials are trying to abide by the plans laid out by Dr. Birx to reopen safely. Unfortunately, too many people are throwing caution to the wind, including a POTUS who scuttles his own admins plans.

bosco

Same old vitriol from Doctor Fed Up/GregF and Fido. Projecting your own prejudices onto others while pretending to know what someone is thinking. I will continue to ask questions that need to be answered. I am living life, wear a mask when required, distancing when required, and wash my hands frequently. You two can stay at home and under the covers for as long as you feel neccessary.

bosco

Fido, I can't figure out why asking questions about the science and politics surrounding the virus equates in your mind to not caring - but that's your usual mind reading and projecting MO. I practice universal precautions, wear a mask when required, and have been following stay at home/ safe at home recommendations.

You are welcome to stay locked down. But for those of us who want to get on with living - we are getting out there.[ninja]

DickD

Who is "We the People", bosco?

threecents

Bosco is such a button pusher.

phydeaux994

I do all the going out in our house. I do all the grocery shopping, pharmacy pickups, gas station trips, Home Depot, where I order online and pick up. My wife had radiation treatments last Fall so her immune system is compromised and she hasn’t gone out much. I go out very early in the morning or late in the evening when the stores aren’t busy to limit my exposure as best I can so I hopefully won’t bring it home to her. We do go for some long rides with the dogs to get them out of the house for a bit. We are both 80 and very vulnerable so I try to stay away from the GOB’s who think they’re giving up their 1st Amendment Rights by wearing a mask. Peace.

vodalone

Can you say virtue signaling? Lol

bosco

Virtue Signaling.... haven't heard that one yet. Love it. So if someone wears a mask, say when outdoors, and complains when others don't that's virtue signaling. [lol][ninja]

Greg F

And forgot to mention you blame others for their need to go get groceries or any other necessities.

bosco

When was that, Doctor Fed Up GregF? Projecting again?

bosco

Thanks Nancy it is indeed a nice day as every day is. I just got back from a ride on the Harley and stopped at the essential liquor store for some Scotch and at the essential WalMart for some BBQ supplies. Getting ready for another Corona beer yard party with neighbors.

DickD

Give us your address, bosco, so we can join your party.

DickD

Tell bosco liquor and beer are not a necessity, unless you are an alcholic.

threecents

I don't think Bosco is as stupid in real life as he presents himself here. Probably he is just pushing buttons.

bosco

Thanks threecents. I guess asking questions or asking someone to explain their position on an issue or a claim that so-and-so must be a fill-in-the-blank because of a position they took is pushing buttons. I have always done that. I refuse to be silenced just because I may be in the minority on an issue. I don't follow the herd.

And, just so you know that I am sensitive to the vulnerabilities of some of the population, a long-time buddy of mine with underlying issues is in a hospice center dying alone and all any of us can do is wave through the window.

Wear a mask when required, distance, and wash those hands.

Enjoy the weekend. The ice cold Coronas are calling and I must go.

gabrielshorn2013

But Dick, didn't the Governor say it is? [innocent]

gabrielshorn2013

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Bosco!

public-tertiary

Beer that has to be served ice cold to mask its lack of taste is beer not worth spending money on. Life is short. Drink good beer.

gabrielshorn2013

Absolutely public! My Sequestration Porter should be ready soon!

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