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.

As Frederick County hit 300 deaths related to COVID-19, Maryland marked the halfway point of getting at least one shot into every resident.

In the county, there have been 19,088 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began — up from 18,742 the week prior — and 300 deaths, an increase of four from one week ago, as of Sunday’s reporting. Maryland had confirmed 436,028 cases and 8,376 deaths.

About 52.9 percent of adult Marylanders have received at least one shot, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) tweeted Sunday, up from 48.2 percent one week prior.

Frederick County’s seven-day positivity rate stood at 6.2 percent Sunday, up from 5.5 percent the week before, the county’s website showed. Maryland’s rate was 5.61 percent, an increase from 5.41 one week ago, Maryland Department of Health data shows.

Hogan tweeted Sunday the state had reached nearly 3.9 million vaccinations. On average, 65,135 shots are going into arms each day in Maryland, he said, down from 66,195 the week prior.

Slightly more than 71,500 Frederick County residents, or 27.6 percent of the population, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Sunday, up from about 62,000 in a week.

Approximately 37.7 percent, or 97,822 Frederick County residents, had received the first dose, up from 32.9 percent last week, according to Frederick County’s website.

Those that have received the second dose comprise just under 23 percent (59,488 people), up from 20 percent in one week. About 4.6 percent of Frederick County residents received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or 12,045 people, up from 3.9 percent in a week.

Most Marylanders are getting the two-shot vaccines, while 179,656 people had the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine as of April 17, state data showed. There were 1,601,331 Maryland residents fully vaccinated, up from 1,360,748 the week prior.

Hispanic residents have contracted 13.5 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 3.5 percent of deaths.

Black residents represented 10.3 percent of cases and 10.8 percent of deaths, while Black or African American people make up approximately 10.7 percent of the county’s population. Asian residents had 1.5 percent of the county’s cases and 0.6 percent of deaths, while they represent about 5 percent of the local population. White residents contracted the most cases at 52.7 percent, and 74.6 percent have died. White people make up about 80.7 percent of Frederick County.

COVID-19 patients occupied 11 intensive care unit beds and 27 acute care beds at Frederick Health Hospital as of Sunday’s report. Across the state, 1,252 Marylanders were hospitalized.

Inside local congregate living facilities, 388 staff and 376 residents contracted COVID-19. Ninety-two residents died. There were no staff deaths as of Sunday.

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(20) comments

fnpreader123

So the county has a .001% death rate after a year.... which is the same number a lot of us have said the death rate would be SINCE EARLY LAST YEAR. Guess all our mitigation efforts did not affect the results after all.

bosco

It would appear that it is the press and the politicians keeping the hysteria going for ratings and political control.

Dwasserba

Many are living with long term effects.

fnpreader123

I don't believe that "many" are. A big study I saw about depression and mental cloudiness rates among previously sick actually aligns percentage-wise with the increase in the general population due to the shutdowns.

Fiver

I don’t think Dwasserba is referring only to depression or mental fogginess.

threecents

Wow, this is a tough one. Should I believe every single expert's opinion, or should I believe Fnpreader's?

bosco

threecents, multiple sources help, but it's difficult to make an informed decision when the CDC and Fauci flip flop. I've been vaccinated and think that on Independence Day I'll be done with masking and wear my vaccination card on a convention lanyard when I go out in public. Thoughts?

threecents

My first thought is that Fauci deserves a Nobel Prize for his accomplishments and for dealing with people like you and Trump. My next thought is that, yah, the vaccines are good - both at protecting the vaccinee and the unvaccinated. In my opinion anyone should be able resume normal activities two weeks after the first shot, but I am not in charge.

wxkev

1.57% death rate when you look at the number of cases in the county. Math is hard right?

fnpreader123

.001% of everyone in the county, not those who caught Covid. Reading is hard, right?

threecents

FNP Reader and Bosco, Like CoV2, influenza viruses is mostly spread through the air. The influenza rates are down over 10-fold in the US, despite increased testing. The apparent conclusion is that the mitigation efforts against CoV2 are responsible for that 10-fold+ drop. Thus, it is likely that we would have more than 10-fold more flu and more than 10-fold more Covid-19 if not for the mitigation efforts. Over a half a million deaths could have been more than 5 million deaths.

bosco

Good points threecents. I practice good handwashing practices since pre-polio-vaccine days and only had the flu once until I started taking the flu shot when I turned 50. On the other hand, because of international travel for work and pleasure, I've had just about every travel shot known to man - except tularemia.

When do we just take reasonable precautions and get on with living?

shiftless88

So, fnp: what is the death rate in Frederick County from MS-13? Illegal immigrants? Murder in general? Drunk driving? Are all of those things unimportant and we should stop worrying or enforcing the laws?

fnpreader123

Do we enact emergency orders for each of these problems, close businesses, force masks, and CLOSE SCHOOLS for a year? FYI I am all for banning alcohol to get rid of drunk driving and bring those deaths/injuries down to zero!

threecents

We have one chance to stop Covid-19 before it evolves a way around the vaccine and becomes an annual thing, like the flu. The way we are succeeding so well against Covid gives me more hope that a universal flu vaccine is around the corner - and it should made from mRNA, not chicken eggs. So, yah, buy some stock in Moderna and Pfizer.

bosco

For over a year, we've been masking when required, distancing when required, practice good hand washing practices as always, and are now vaccinated.

Every new case and each new death is a testimony to someone who didn't follow basic disease prevention measures for whatever reason. The burden rests with them. They didn't protect themselves when protective measures have been known.

threecents

Wait, what parts were you calling hysteria, and what parts are you blaming people for not paying attention?

shiftless88

Actually masking is to protect others primarily. So the people who got sick were sickened by SOMEONE ELSE who was selfish and decided not to wear a mask.

Greg F

The stupidity marches on.... https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/18/us/covid-vaccine-slowing-us-demand/index.html

threecents

Bosco, Is this article part of the political and media hysteria you were referring to?

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