FHH COVID TESTING

A person receives a COVID-19 test at the Frederick Health Hospital testing site on Monocacy Boulevard Tuesday morning as a small number of cars wait in line behind them. According their the FHH website, the testing is available to all, no symptoms required, from 7:00 am. until 2:00 p.m. daily.

Like many hospitals across the country, Frederick Health Hospital is filling up with coronavirus patients once again.

On Sunday, it was treating 20 COVID-19 patients, according to the county health department. That's the highest number of patients with the disease at Frederick Health Hospital since May 30 when 24 were being treated. The number had been below 20 ever since.

"It's always a challenge to identify the beginning of a wave or surge, as those things are best seen from some distance," said Dr. Randall Culpepper, deputy health officer for Frederick County. "Our recent increases in cases and hospitalizations seem to be occurring at the beginning of the colder weather when more groups of people are gathering indoors."

Culpepper pointed out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that small gatherings are fueling the spread of COVID-19.

Maryland reported 897 new cases Tuesday, the highest number since Aug. 9 (922). Frederick County reported 21 new cases, marking the fourth consecutive day the number exceeded 20. On Sunday, there were 35 new cases in the county.

More cases tend to lead to more hospitalizations. And, over the last month, the number of hospitalizations across the state has been steadily on the rise. On Oct. 1, there were 331 state residents hospitalized by coronavirus. On Tuesday, there were 471.

"Many people are also likely getting fatigued following the guidelines of physical distancing, wearing masks, and not doing the same social things that we’re used to and that may be contributing to the increased cases we’re currently seeing," Culpepper said.

Medical experts, like Culpepper, warn that, unless more actions are taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the months ahead could be grim, especially as a rise in COVID-19 cases coincides with flu season.

The weather is turning colder. People will be spending more time indoors, where the air doesn't circulate as well and the virus is more easily transmitted. And the holidays are coming up, which increases the likelihood of large gatherings for families and friends.

"If our community can become more vigilant about staying physically distant from others, wearing face coverings, and washing hands, we can reduce the number of people who get COVID-19," Culpepper said. "It takes all of us working together to lower our risk, keep our most vulnerable residents healthy, and keep our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed."

Across the U.S., there are more than 8.7 million COVID-19 cases and 218,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's COVID Tracking Project.

Daily cases exceeded 80,000 nationally for the first time last Friday and Saturday, according to the Project. Last Friday, the number of cases hit its high mark for the pandemic at 83,057. The following day, there were 82,925 reported, far higher than the seven-day average of 71,532.

In Maryland, there are 141,741 confirmed cases and 3,962 related deaths. That includes 4,721 cases and 131 deaths in Frederick County.

Over the last month, there have been seven COVID-19 related deaths in the county.

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(48) comments

vodalone

The driving factor behind the spread in may places seems to be proximity to the actual election. Those who don't have the audacity to wear a MAGA hat or Trump shirt will refuse to wear a mask and social distance as a sign of political expression. Some who don't have the audacity to wear a Biden/Harris shirt will put on two masks for instance. In the end science and the virus are apolitical, but the spread clearly favors one side. BTW this would be true the coin was flipped for whatever reason.

MD1756

All I can hear is Patrick Steward in the Uber Eats commercial saying "What are you talking about?"

You state "The driving factor behind the spread seems to be proximity to the election?"

Again, "What are you talking about?"

threecents

Vodalone[thumbup] That is because Trump felt it necessary to make mask wearing into a political issue, rather than a scientific one. That resulted in fewer people wearing masks, which resulted in 10s of thousands of deaths and the delay in opening many schools and businesses. But that is not why Trump is upset with the virus. The reason he is upset is that he is jealous that the virus gets more press than he does.

newspostreader

This is what happens with the POTUS stands in front of us and tells everyone it is nothing to worry about. Meanwhile forgetting he had access to medical care that the rest of us could only dream of getting.

cyntiast

Yet Walmart continues to be very busy every day.

vodalone

Wal Mart has been busy every day since this pandemic began, that has nothing to do with it. This virus gets worse with colder weather for various reasons, it's pretty obvious by now.

NewMarketParent

Most viruses get worst with cold weather because more people are indoors and spreading around their germs in fairly optimal conditions.

vodalone

Correct. It has nothing to do with if Wal Mart is open or not.

Thewheelone

And still, the local talk show hosts, Bob Miller (calls it a "scamdemic") and Tim May who regularly advocates opening everything up and seems to adhere to the herd immunity crowd, persist with their rants that coincide with the no concrete plan for dealing with this pandemic other than waiting for a vaccine folks. Neither of them are medical experts; sound familiar? And it cracks me up before the broadcasts of shows on WFMD (and other stations as well) to hear the mantra that "the opinions expressed are not necessarily the views of the management of WFMD" or whatever that disclaimer recites. The idea of throwing the dice and see what comes up has cost us dearly, particularly in the United States. Over 218,000 dead and the number is rising, which is exactly what medical experts said would happen. There is a reason why we have over 20% of the world's cases and deaths with only 4% of the total population on our planet; it is clear to me that WFMD radio hosts are adding fuel to this fire.

Dwasserba

It's one thing to have differing opinions. It's another to provide a forum for opinions that kill people. For shame.

NewMarketParent

I am really just taken back by the utter stupidity of some people. I wonder if these people realize that they are candidates for Darwin awards so they have babies young.

KellyAlzan

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KellyAlzan

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RHOMSalem

You hit the nail on the head. In addition to what you state, there is a large population of "no-maskers" in the area who do not understand that when I put my mask on I am protecting YOU from getting sick and you need to do the same for me. If everyone would wear the mask we could get this under control faster and people could go back to their jobs.

MD1756

Let's not forget all the parents (and some school officials) who think schools need to open up now.

NewMarketParent

@MD1756

That is the part that probably angers me the most as it is the pinnacle of disregard for others health and safety.

Every school that has opened is struggling to both keep the virus at bay and trying to keep the reporting down as they are embarrassed that their leadership is stupid.

Greg F

Stores are more and more packed, sanitizer stations are empty, not working or gone, no cart wiping any longer, absolutely stupid people with masks down to their chin off the nose, dragging around maskless kids or those that aren’t wearing properly, no respect for distance any more, and Trump rallies. Duh....

bosco

What is your sampling size, GregF? How many stores?

I was at Wally World on Guilford yesterday and didn't see anybody not wearing a mask and the hand sanitizer dispenser at the door was full.

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NewMarketParent

@Reek

How many stores you been to?

Lakeisha13

Very few stores are wiping down the carts anymore, it depends on who is working on if that gets done. Also many people don't wear a mask correctly, your nose and month need to be covered as well as a nice seal where air doesn't escape. If you wear glasses and they fog up, your mask doesn't fit you correctly as it's not sealed above your nose. A face shield does not replace a face mask as many seem to think.

Also a lot of people like to move their masks down when they talk to you, as an ex retail worker, there was 2 customers that I could have gotten covid from and yes I did get covid and then I ended up quiting. A grown adult ended up getting their spit on my face which i had wiped off with a paper towel and washed my hands but no person should have to worry about that.

Btw I wear my mask correctly and constantly wash my hands.

threecents

Even if you wear a mask correctly, it will not filter out 100% of the virus. As a microbiologist I am surprised at how well masking does to prevent spread of Covid19. My guess it has to do with the minimum infectious dose, but that is just a guess.

gabrielshorn2013

Same credentials three, and I agree. It's more than pore size. There are charge and hydrophilic/phobic factors.

bosco

Lakeisha13....i don't worry about stores not wiping down every surface in sight since I don't touch public surfaces and stick my fingers in my mouth. I do wear a mask when required or when indicated by a lack of social distancing.

Went to Costco today and didn't see anyone without a mask.

Not sure where GregF shops, but maybe he needs to rethink his retail choices.

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gabrielshorn2013

Bosco, while I agree, the instances of pandemic fatigue in population is readily observable, even in Costco. I recently went to Costco early on a Saturday to shop while my tires were being installed, and behaviors, other than wearing a mask, have returned to pre-CoViD norms. Folks neglect distancing and reach for products while you are choosing your purchase, instead of waiting their turn. I carry a 3 oz. spray bottle of 70% isopropanol in my pocket in case cart handles are not sanitized, or hand sanitizer is not available, to every store i visit.

bosco

gabriel....I've been carrying a personal-sized bottle of hand sanitizer in my pocket for years. Always sanitize after touching public surfaces and before eating. In restaurants I will sanitize after I hand the menu back to the waiter. Friends used to look at me like I was a germaphobe. Used to get the sidelong looks on airplanes when I would whip out a sanitizing wipe and wipe down the surfaces I was likely to touch.

It's so easy to break the surface to mouth transmission.

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Lakeisha13

@bosco i had worked at giant eagle, from day 1 of masks being required many weren't wearing them right or took them off once they got inside. This didn't improve at all. Until the day I had quit, many were still pulling it down to talk to the employees or on their phones. We get it, sometimes you need to breathe but being in close contact with us and pulling it down, wasn't really needed.

momo

Tractor Supply. Go into there and you will see some people without a mask. Even an employee with the mask below the nose. I wonder why their clientele is not taking it seriously? Also, OneLife gyms. Very few people wearing masks, groups of people hanging around talking, no masks.

RHOMSalem

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KellyAlzan

I need the mdh deputy to comment on the FNP photo of the FCSO deputies standing face to case with no face coverings last week.

Who do I call to draw attention to this?

KellyAlzan

*face to face

gabrielshorn2013

You Google the contact information for the Maryland Department of Health and give them a call. We know you won't do that.

KellyAlzan

Please read my comments before replying. You see my logo and you scurry to write without reading. Why would I google anything, my comment is as I stated.

gabrielshorn2013

Could my response be triggered by your open question to the forum:

"Who do I call to draw attention to this?"

Or do you not read/remember what you wrote? Dont be lazy. Look it up. Google can be your friend.

gabrielshorn2013

Spot on Dr. Culpepper, spot on! Just follow the dang rules people! Unless you are a first responder or hospital personnel, if you get infected now, it's your own damned fault.

phydeaux994

No it’s not gab, it’s the jerks not wearing masks fault. But I must say, I haven’t seen anybody not wearing a mask in my limited travels.

gabrielshorn2013

There are four rules that work in an orthogonal manner phy. If you kept away from the jerks not wearing masks (rules 1 & 2), and wore one yourself, you are unlikely to get infected. You can only change your behavior, not someone else's. Did you even read the article?

Piedmontgardener

It's both, peeps.

NewMarketParent

UNLIKELY

Here is the problem. You can try the best you can to limit your contact with the public and do all of the right things. If other people don't follow the same rules, they can still infect you despite your doing all of the things right. If everyone follows the rules, we all are more protected. The masks aren't bullet-proof and people still have to go out into public for essentials. It is not quite as simple as smart people gearing up and their protective gear keeping them 100% safe.

gabrielshorn2013

Acknowledged and understood NMP. You state, “…people still have to go out into public for essentials.” That is true, but how many of those trips are actually “for essentials”. Compliance fatigue has set in, and people just return to their daily routines, albeit wearing masks. Avoiding crowds? Nope. Social distancing? Nope. Shopping at Walmart is a prime example. Observe the behaviors and then tell me that folks are complying. That is not going to cut it. When has going out to a sit-down meal at a restaurant, even if outside, ever been “essential”? Shopping for anything but food at Walmart? How many public gatherings are “essential”? The biggest cause of spread lately has been small gatherings of “friends”. We are careless to think that our circle of friends is closed, and that they don’t have friends that they socialize with those outside of our “closed circle”. The fact is, we are all interconnected like one big Venn diagram, and everyone belongs in some part of “A intersection B” or “A union B”. Just throw in every possible intersection of groups labeled with the alphabet, plus the Greek alphabet, add in Cyrillic, Arabic, and so on. We are “A intersection everything” and that is what people are careless about. It is just human nature is happening everywhere around the globe. The US cannot be looked at outside of the rest of the world. Cases in Europe are now exceeding their spring levels. Same for elsewhere, unless you have a totalitarian regime that will shut down an entire city block, region, or the entire city, locking their residents in their homes in order to prevent viral spread.

NewMarketParent

@gabrielshorn

I cannot say how many are going out for other stuff and I absolutely believe there is mask fatigue which is most likely ridiculously high in the anti-masker community. As I have been out and about, it looks like most have gotten used to the new normal of mask wearing.

Sit down dining is stupid. Public gatherings are a bad idea too unless social distancing can be properly observed and/or it is outside.

The biggest problem right now is that the people that are antisocial/antimask are forcing us all to keep this up for far longer than we should/need to be doing this and they are making it painful for everyone else.

It is what happens when people are given rights with no responsibilities to each other.

gabrielshorn2013

@NMP

The biggest problem right now is that the people that are antisocial/antimask are forcing us all to keep this up for far longer than we should/need to be doing this and they are making it painful for everyone else.

Not really. This virus is with us forever now, and will keep on infecting until there is nobody left to infect, either from natural immunity from infection, or immunity due to vaccination. That is what flattening the curve means. Inevitably we will all get infected without a vaccine. It is the rate of infection that is slowed, hence the curve is "flattened". The area under the curve (number of humans) remains constant. Those who are unwilling to follow ALL of the "four rules" just get infected earlier. A fire will continue to burn as long as there is fuel available. We are all potential firewood. Those that are careless and fail to follow the rules are essentially flying embers, infecting someone else not following the rules, or occasionally infecting those diligently following them as claimed by Lakeisha.

KellyAlzan

FNP had an epic photograph of 1/3 of the FCSO tank and file standing face to face bullshxxxIng last week st an Emmitsburg crime scene. Super spreader behavior.

gabrielshorn2013

And your point is.......? I believe there were three people in the photo. You're saying that there are only 9 people at the FCSO? Hmmm...we need more deputies.

NewMarketParent

The point is that we need our public officials being role models and reinforcing good behavior.

KellyAlzan

G.H. Not knowing what he’s babveking about. Embarrassing himself. Referenced photo is a large number of careless and ignorant males

gabrielshorn2013

Nice try Pb, but a swing and a miss. Not embarrassed by my response whatsoever plumbum. Photo 1 showed three deputies examining potential evidence at the crime scene. Photo 2 showed members of the FCSO, other uniformed personnel, and some in plain clothes having a discussion, outside, mostly centering on someone in the middle of the "group". Three others seem to be on traffic control. You say they are BSing, but unless you were there, you have no idea what they were discussing, now do you? By the photo credits, Bill Green was there. Why don't you use your "inside connections" at the FNP, give him a call, and ask him what he may have heard? Could they each be giving a debriefing to the incident commander of what they found after their tasks were completed? Could this be a pre-investigation huddle to establish roles and responsibilities before the officers and deputies headed into the crime scene, making efficient use of their time? Usual police procedures, but as "someone in the know", with all of your "connections", and with all of your "vast experience" (enough to actually announce a run for the FC Sheriff position in this very space!), you know that, right? [lol]

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/cops_and_crime/sheriff-s-office-releases-names-of-deputies-involved-in-emmitsburg-shooting/article_890c0493-ad36-5cf6-a818-c178eb8be1bf.html

Lakeisha13

I wear a mask and someone who was positive, came into the grocery store anyways, wasn't wearing their mask properly had transmitted the disease to me. I constantly wash my hands and follow the guidelines. My guess it was the adult who ended up getting the spit from their mouths (because they had pulled their mask down to talk) onto my face near my eye. I had wiped it off with a paper towel and had washed my hands, that didn't prevent me from getting it. There was also an elderly lady who was only wearing a face shield that I had helped who could have also gave it to me.

Not everyone who ends up being infected was their fault but the fault of those not following guidelines. Even if you're safe and very careful, it just takes one person to f that up and you're screwed.

threecents

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