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Syringes filled with doses of Moderna vaccine are prepared on a table of a downtown Frederick pop-up COVID-19 clinic in spring 2021.

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Frederick County reported its first death from the coronavirus in two weeks over the weekend as infections and hospitalizations from the virus continued to steadily climb.

The county tallied 58 new coronavirus cases and recorded a seven-day positivity rate of 6.98 percent on Sunday — higher than Maryland’s overall rate of 5.08 percent. It recorded 78 new cases on Aug. 17, the highest daily total since the first week of February. Infections have been surging in the county since early July, according to spokespeople from the county’s health department.

Shawn Dennison and Rissah Watkins of the health department said via email it was nearly impossible to accurately predict future patterns in the spread of the virus and its many variants. They stated weekly numbers of new cases confirmed by testing in the county are projected to increase steadily over the next three weeks, which is as far out as forecasts extend.

As the highly contagious delta variant continues to circulate, case totals are ballooning across the country. America is averaging more than 800 newly reported deaths every day — about twice as many as in early August — according to data from The New York Times.

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Frederick County began increasing three weeks ago, according to information provided by Dennison and Watkins. As of Friday, Frederick Health Hospital reported that it was treating 20 people with the virus, five of whom were in its intensive care unit. Similar to trends seen across the country, most of those hospitalized from the virus in Frederick’s hospital are unvaccinated, hospital spokeswoman Kelsey Shupe wrote in an email.

Currently, 60.1 percent of people living in Frederick County are fully vaccinated, according to health department data as of Sunday. That’s a slightly higher proportion than those who are fully vaccinated in Maryland overall and about 10 percentage points higher than the rate of Americans who are fully vaccinated.

According to Dennison and Watkins, the relatively high number of people who are vaccinated in the county has helped reduce the number of people who need to be hospitalized after becoming infected. But they noted that as the number of people testing positive for the virus increases, the number of people entering the hospital system will also increase — even if it is a lower percent of those who needed to be hospitalized after becoming infected in prior surges of the virus.

Frederick County has seen a steady decline in demand for the vaccine since earlier in the summer. Still, 1,316 people received their first shot last week — higher than any weekly total between mid-June and late July.

The health department is preparing to offer coronavirus booster shots after health officials announced a plan last week for all U.S. adults who received a two-dose vaccine to get another jab within eight months of their second one. Dennison and Watkins wrote that the county’s health department is working with its state counterpart to determine how the rollout of boosters will be administered and is collaborating with vaccine providers throughout Frederick. The county will continue providing vaccinations at its Oak Street location and at mobile clinics, they added.

Meanwhile, Frederick Health Hospital has begun giving coronavirus booster shots to immunocompromised patients, following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s approval of additional doses for this population on Aug. 13.

As the state of the pandemic continues to worsen in the county, the health department has reinforced its coronavirus testing and contact tracing capacity, Dennison and Watkins wrote. The department is also monitoring cases and hospitalizations in the community and is working with the CDC, the state health department and the community to circulate reliable information about the virus.

With coronavirus transmission levels considered high in Frederick County — and much of the country — Watkins and Dennison encouraged people to wear masks when in public indoor settings. Doing so provides the wearer with an extra layer of protection and reduces the spread of the virus, especially among people they interact with daily whose immune systems may not be able to prevent a severe infection, Watkins and Dennison wrote.

They also encouraged people to get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms or come in contact with someone with a confirmed case of the virus and to wash their hands frequently.

And if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, Dennison and Watkins said you should get the shot as soon as possible. The vaccines available have shown great efficacy at reducing the possibility of severe disease, hospitalization and death from the virus, including the delta variant.

“Our health care workers have been hit very hard for over 17 months,” Dennison and Watkins wrote. “If you have not been vaccinated and still have questions, contact your health care provider or talk to someone who’s been vaccinated.”

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(46) comments

gabrielshorn2013

I had the opportunity to stop into the Middletown CVS last week to pick up a few OTC meds. While near the pharmacy, I couldn’t help but overhear a man berating the pharmacy technician because the pharmacy gave the man’s (and I’ll use this term loosely) daughter a CoViD-19 vaccination. Apparently, according to what he was saying, the man and his wife are separated, and the daughter is living with Mom. Mom brought the daughter in for the vaccine after the daughter requested it. The “man” was raising his voice, and saying that he “had a paper that said that he is supposed to approve any medical treatments that his daughter was to get. See, it says right here!!!” How is the pharmacy supposed to know their marital status? How is the pharmacy supposed to know about “such a paper”? I have never been asked to prove that the meds I am picking up for my kids were approved by my wife. This nonsense went on for about 45 minutes, with the man leaving and re-entering the store a few times, all the time with the same rant. The techs and the pharmacist did their best to remain calm and polite. I just had to stay to watch this sideshow. For me personally, the jack@$$ would have been given five minutes, and then been told to leave. If he failed to do so, the police would have been called. Apparently this guy had control issues (maybe a reason for the wife and daughter leaving?). Clearly the mom cared far more for the daughter’s health and wellbeing. As I said in another thread, the guy thought he was bad@$$ and edgy, but he was just being a dumb@$$ and deadly. The folks at the pharmacy will recognize the story, and hopefully the “man” will recognize his petulant and juvenile behavior. Man-up dude and try loving your daughter as much as your (soon to be ex-) wife does.

Plumbum

I’m glad you got that off your chest, gabbies.

NewMarketParent

@gabrielshorn2013

He only did that because it works.

He will probably be at the next school board meeting fighting against mask mandates and social distancing.

@NMP

Kinda like what we were talking about the other day? How people with the loudest voices are catered too the most. Me I would have recorded the interaction and put it on YouTube...or at the very least given it to The Raw Story..they like to shame the Karens and the Kens of the world..on the front page. These people need to be publicly shamed...

NewMarketParent

@Polite W. Woman aka N.W. aka P.P. aka L&M

I don't know if these people can be shamed anymore. But, they can lose their jobs because they are A-holes.

Greg F

Should have taken the kid to an out-of-state clinic. Hard to track who got what over the lines unless you manually give it to someone. Dude seems like a typical RRR blowhard. No wonder they left him.

public-redux

It might be helpful to let the public know if the decedent had or had not been vaccinated.

Now that is something the public should know...if the dead were vaccinated. I may have my vaccine, but the vaccines were not designed to withstand all these variants..it's good news that they seem to be, withstanding the variants? but there is going to be a variant that escapes the vaccines, that's how viruses work, ...I would prefer to know this sooner rather than later and knowing if the dead were vaccinated or unvaccinated is something the public has a right to know.

Dwasserba

“With coronavirus transmission levels considered high in Frederick County — and much of the country — Watkins and Dennison encouraged people to wear masks when in public indoor settings.” Please please please please

threecents

Obviously the increase in cases throughout the country is being fueled by people not masking and distancing, but many not only refuse to mask, but consider masking a political statement and virtue signaling. Veritas and Bosco said that when Hogan dropped the mask requirement.

Hayduke2

Sad to see this type of article once again becoming " the norm." Get the vaccine, take precautions for now and let's move forward toward "normal" once again.

jth7100

How warped are Trump's followers? When he told the crowd in Texas they should be vaccinated, he was booed.

NewMarketParent

@jth7100

That was a warning sign that he is losing control of the crowd. They are becoming ripe for someone else to step up and lead them. This is going to get worse.

Piedmontgardener

Please folks, if you are on the fence, get vaccinated. Our positive rate is completely unacceptable and the folks treating those who get seriously ill are tired. Do the right thing for your community.

shiftless88

It's funny how this is one thing that many FNP commenters agree on.

NewMarketParent

@shiftless88

This is probably the one thing where people can't insulate themselves from reality. People are trying though and that's why it looks like we will be fighting against some variant or another for the next 5 years.

Dwasserba

Free up hospital beds for heart attacks, strokes, accidents and surgeries!

shiftless88

"most of those hospitalized from the virus in Frederick’s hospital are unvaccinated"

BabaYaga

Yet they wont tell us the ages of those hospitalized? This is why people do not trust the crap reporting and push for vaccinations. Its all about pushing rather than information sharing.

NewMarketParent

@BabaYaga

How is that information helpful? How does it help with the risk profile for everyone out here?

Just because you think you are entitled to have all information at your fingertips doesn't mean you get it.

@NMP

The reason I think BabaYaga wants more information, but I agree with you that info is irrelevant, is so they can justify to themselves their reasons for not getting the vaccine....to me dead is dead, and I like you don't like to take unneeded risks if we don't need to,....but people like B.Y. need to justify the unjustifiable, so they can defend their indefensible actions of spreading Covid.

Dwasserba

Yes. Just be cautious for your own sake. Be that one person masked between courses in the restaurant.

shiftless88

People like Baba keep demanding additional, irrelevant information (much of what is available in the aggregate) as an excuse.

NewMarketParent

@shiftless88

Yup.

The tactic is called sea-lioning.

@NMP

How do you know all these tactics? Remember Peter Samuel's letter the other day when you called him disingenuous and I called him a Troll? Would you also say he was sea-lioning?

And JSK is definitely sea-lioning....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_UlPHHrZ2I

NewMarketParent

@Polite W. Woman aka N.W. aka P.P. aka L&M

Because I am an old-head in terms of the internet. I work in IT and have been using the internet since the precursor to AOL (Q-Link). Once you have been in comments where you see people in discussion, you start to pick up on all of the logical fallacies they use for debate.

I used to be on IRC and ICQ way back in the day. Stupidity in comments is nothing new.

gabrielshorn2013

Sorry, Mr. Wick, but for some there will never be enough information, because a)they don't listen to it, b) they won't read it, c) they won't pay attention to it, and d) they won't believe it anyway. ALL of the information you would ever want regarding CoViD-19 is available on the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).

Plumbum

Baba you are nosey

Dwasserba

“Most” - beware. Last week I was waiting to hear outcomes from contact with a fully vaccinated twentysomething with covid. Others in his workplace tested positive after widespread testing and a couple vaccinated people in the periphery of those tested positive. A fully masked workplace. Sorry to say, he died.

vodalone

Exactly, what does most mean? The articles says 20 are currently hospitalized, how many of those 20 have been vaccinated? This is prudent information for the public, all we've been hearing in the media is "most" hospitalizations nationwide are unvaccinated. Tell us the stats.

NewMarketParent

@vodalone

Would 90 or 95% be helpful right now?

It's like some people don't believe $h17 stinks.

vodalone

No, but 55% or 95% would. Don't you want to follow the data and science?

NewMarketParent

@vodalone

I am and what are you doing besides trying to argue in bad faith?

vodalone

@NewMarketParent You obviously don't care about the date or science? How am I arguing in bad faith when I'm inquiring about data and statistics? You need to take a seat on this one friend.

shiftless88

So you think they are lying? "Most" should be sufficient. https://www.wjhl.com/news/ballad-health-nearly-90-of-hospitalized-covid-19-patients-unvaccinated/

vodalone

Most can be 11 out of 20, that means 9 are vaccinated. Pretty troubling for us vaccinated folks. Of course I'm willing to view thing objectively, even if I chose to participate in being vaccinated and not go to the grave with a misconception that what I did was 100% correct.

shiftless88

Vodalone; there are stats all over the internet. Various hospitals with far more cases than we have locally (avoiding the small-number statistics problem). Look around and use Google; it is not hard. Trying to develop meaningful statistics from one small hospital is not a good method for evaluating the efficacy of the vaccine.

NewMarketParent

@vodalone

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to understand your risk. Our vaccines are not going to be as effective against Delta because they were not targeting Delta and vaccines in general are created to target a very specific virus.

That is pretty well known at this point. I don't understand what point you are trying to make.

threecents

Interesting that Trump is all of the sudden urging people to get vaccinated, and of course he blames Biden for skepticism about the vaccine. Trump was all for vaccine development until he realized it was not popular with his supporters. As everyone knows, most unvaccinated people are Trump supporters, and they are usually the same people who won't mask. Now that Trump knows he won't be president this month, he wants to go back and take credit for the vaccine, which is good, but what took him so long? The Q anti-science voters - that's why. Now, if he would only support masking...

https://www.newsweek.com/qanon-thinks-donald-trumps-vaccine-remarks-fake-good-impression-1577046

BabaYaga

I don't care what Trump says. I'm not a liberal. I don't do whatever some politicians says. That's the thing you seem to misunderstand about conservatives.

Hayduke2

Dude, what planet are you living on?

threecents

Yah, Trump is not crazy enough for some of the anti-science conservatives.

threecents

How is it that Trump attracts so many at his rallies if you all don't care what he says?

Greg F

He attracts the usual bottom end of the lower portion of the IQ bell curve...that's all he can get consistently with his idiotic rants.

jth7100

Because he's a con artist and has no position on anything except what he feels the marks in front of him at the moment want to hear.

NewMarketParent

@jth7100

*ding ding ding*

Nailed it!

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