For the second day in a row, Frederick County reported another death due to COVID-19 on Saturday. The county's death toll is now 118, according to data from the Frederick Heath Department.

The State of Maryland reported 10 new deaths Saturday, bringing its total to 3,603.

Cases of the novel coronavirus continued to increase in both Frederick County and the state of Maryland on Saturday. Frederick County reported 29 new positive cases for a total of 3,459 since the beginning of the pandemic. The state reported 630 new cases, bringing its total to 107,294 

While hospitalizations decreased by 25 statewide, they increased by one in the county. Frederick County now has four beds in use for coronavirus patients, none of which are in the intensive care unit. Maryland has a total of 387 hospitalizations, 106 of which are in ICUs.

The positivity rate -- the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back with a positive result -- has increased at both the state and county level. Frederick County's rate rose by 0.2 percentage points to 2.6 percent, while Maryland rose 0.05 to 3.37 percent. 

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My sister, in Upstate New York claims that this is a hoax and will go away after the elections in November. She is a Trump supporter. How does this hoax kill people? It's the wilful blindness of Trump's supporters that helps the pandemic to continue.

Get rid of Trump!



Just remember that it is all projection with his supporters. Also.. you should see how she feels about volunteering to go help treat the hoax with no PPE. I am not saying she should, but that would let you know how much of a hoax she actually believes it is.


A grade school class mate of ours died of covid.

I have a relative who they and their significant other (both early 20’s) had covid recently.

It’s upsetting that people think it’s a hoax.


Seeing people maskless - anywhere - sends the message that 180,000 lives don't matter. Feeling upset is a valid reaction. Denial is how people deal with situations they can't control - grands who must babysit, multi generations of working adults sharing a home, those with planned and paid for travel etc. What upsets me is when people who are being sensible in their situation feel judged for it.


DickD, perhaps you can share a transcript of what Trump actually said, as reported by the Washington Post on April 5, instead of letting her believe the lies spread by CNN and MSNBC. What Trump said was:

"One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it,” he said. “They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over … It’s all turning, they lost. It’s all turning, think of it, think of it. And this is their new hoax."

He did not call the virus itself a hoax.

Maybe that will help your sister. [beam]

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