The number of coronavirus tests being administered in Frederick County has surged in recent weeks as positivity levels are hitting marks not seen since the winter.

So far in August, at least 17,164 tests have been administered in the county, compared to 13,316 last month, according to Frederick County Health Department spokeswoman Rissah Watkins. These numbers include tests administered by the county health department, Frederick Health Hospital and pharmacies in the county that share data with Maryland’s health department, Watkins wrote in an email.

The number of tests the county’s health department administers each week has been rising throughout the month, Watkins wrote. In the first week of August, the department administered 261 tests. It administered 531 tests during the following week and 621 tests the week after that.

On Tuesday, the county's seven-day positivity rate was 6.73 percent — higher than the state’s overall rate of 4.89 percent. Thirty people were hospitalized due to the coronavirus in the county as of Monday, including seven people who were being treated in the intensive care unit. The last time hospitalization numbers were this high in the county was in April.

The county reported 29 new cases and one new death on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 340.

Elizabeth Lucas waited in line for nearly three hours to receive a coronavirus test at Frederick Health Village on Tuesday morning. She drove to the test site after dropping her twin daughters off at school, arriving at around 9:15 a.m. It took her until around 12 p.m. to get a test.

It was her first time getting tested for the virus in a while, she said. She had been getting tested regularly in the spring but eased off when positivity levels dropped below 1 percent in the early summer months. With positivity levels rising again, she said she’ll likely go back to getting tested once every two weeks.

She had the sniffles Tuesday morning, but she wasn’t too worried about her health — she’s been vaccinated. Instead, she’s more concerned for her daughters, who are in fifth grade at New Market Elementary School.

One of them came home “terrified” after the first day of school last week because of how closely everyone was sitting with their masks off in the lunchroom. Since then, Lucas said, her daughter has been asking her every day if she can be homeschooled because she feels so unsafe at school.

“It’s very frustrating that there’s such lip service given to safety,” she said, “when there’s such an obvious gaping hole in safety planning.”

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threecents

Here is the link. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/08/10/us/covid-breakthrough-infections-vaccines.html

threecents

Of the states that keep track, the percent of people hospitalized for Covid who are vaccinated ranges from 0.1% to 4.3%. For Covid deaths the range is from 0.4 - 5.6%. These statistics are since vaccination began.

vodalone

60% of hospitalizations in Israel are among fully vaccinated people due to delta. If someone is to be vaccinated now with any vaccine they will have to wait no less than 6 months to get the booster which is for Delta. We'll always be behind the curve with this virus, it's the way the Chinese designed it.

Awteam2021

Got it… The Chinese wanted to infect their people, close Wuhan, a major metropolitan area, bigger than New York City, to get the upper hand over the world 🌎. Clever 🤦‍♂️.

When it comes to Israel - according to the latest figures from Israel - More than 78 percent of Israelis eligible for vaccination have been inoculated. 964,000 Israelis have received both shots. So they can be more liberal as to taking in patients for less severe cases? Here’s a report from the Israeli ministry. Do you have a different report ?

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/08/grim-warning-israel-vaccination-blunts-does-not-defeat-delta. I can’t comment to you any more for the month. Your misinformed subscription has expired.🙇‍♂️

vodalone

Yea just like you totally thought Covid all started at a wet market lol, I bet you were so convinced. Now it's becoming more and more apparent the virus leaked from a Chinese lab, you're such a know it all until....well, you're not lol.

Regarding Israel, your whole argument is based on liberal acceptance policies at hospitals? So you're saying Israeli's for some reason would prefer to go to a hospital over a mild case of Covid because, hey sounds like a good time? 😂😂😂😂 Wow, thanks for making my day!

shiftless88

only a fool would think that anyone would create a virus and then release it into their own population

vodalone

Where did I say they wanted to release it into their own population? Don't get ahead of yourself there bud.

Hayduke2

Vid- how thick do you make your foil hat?

Greg F

Vod....your tin foil box must be empty from all the hats you make for you and everyone around you. This was a major F up on a lab that leaked things. There is plenty of that around here too....Leidos being one of them that leaks crap into the Monocacy you never hear of, and how's about all that mystery stuff buried at Fort Detrick....get real.

threecents

Voda, Can you please not?

BlueFredneck

and what percentage of people in Israel are now vaccinated?

Riptide262

I wanted to thank the folks running the Covid test facility off Monocacy Blvd. I got tested on Monday and the line was insane. As indicated in the article, the volume of cars was unbelievable. It took over 2 hours to get through. The workers were out in the heat the whole time. Despite the never ending supply of noses waiting for swabs, they were kind, efficient, and professional. You guys are doing a hard, necessary job and I for one very much appreciate your efforts. Thank you.

threecents

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neilyoungfan25

Please! Get Vaccinated People!

artandarchitecture

Gobs of false positives:

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/all-one-turned-out-be-negative-rice-university-retests-dozens-students-after-covid-false

gabrielshorn2013

And your point A&A? Of course there are false positives with the rapid CoViD tests. So what? No test is 100%accurate. However, if you test positive with the rapid test, you are then retested with the more accurate PCR-based test. This is breaking news to you? We discussed it here over a year ago.

Oh, and just love your reference, LOL 😆 😂 🤣 Try a real scientific source next time 🤣 🤣🤣

Hayduke2

A&A - wow, you take your news from such a great site. One of its founders, based in Bulgaria, is "Daniel Ivandjiiski, a Bulgarian-born former analyst and hedge fund employee who was banned from Wall Street for insider trading in 2008." Yeah, man that sure is credible. [lol][lol][lol]

aburgenson1

Now, what could such a fine, upstanding, honest. and exemplary person have to gain by spreading fake news (banned from twitter and Facebook) to destabilize American's faith in science and the government, and engaging in insider trading, Hmmm? He has shown himself to be dishonest, and a crook, and A&A falls for his crap hook, line, and sinker!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Hedge

NewMarketParent

@aburgenson1

The amount of people on here spreading misinformation and foreign propaganda is mind-blowing. They pretty much all are on the same side of the political divide.

NewMarketParent

@artandarchitecture

I'm starting to think that your IQ test was a false positive.

jth7100

They recognized the anomaly with one provider and confirmed that with two other lab providers. So your reference actually demonstrates that suspicious test results were detected and corrected. The system worked and the university was unaware of the lab's modified protocols. If you reference this equine fecal material, you might actually want to read it first.

threecents

Thanks A&A for your usual misleading contributions.

Jdbgalt

Lip service? If you're vaccinated, there's really nothing to worry about. If you're young and unvaccinated, again, by-and-large, there's nothing to worry about because young people do not appear to be adversely affected by the virus. However, if your kids are coming home “terrified” by what is a normal cafeteria experience--homeschool them!

Jestusg

I am fully vaccinated and tested positive last week after having mild symptoms and sensing something was not right. There’s plenty to worry about. Efficacy of vaccines are waning and the delta virus is a game changer. Get your booster shot when you qualify. Wear your mask. Don’t let your guard down. Be smart, be safe, be well.

Greg F

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Fredginrickey

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NewMarketParent

@Jestusg

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gabrielshorn2013

👍👍👍

BornToHula2

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Dwasserba

Believe it. This is happening. Walking around vaccinated feeling a bit off is NOT safe for unvaccinated people and children. Who are also people. That sounded weird 🤔 Anyway hospital beds taken by unvaccinateds are not available for others stricken with something or other they did NOT choose.

Frankle1

If you're vaccinated, you can still be a carrier, and since many kids are ineligible, you absolutely have plenty to worry about. I'm vaccinated, and still worry bc my elderly neighbor has brain cancer and has been advised NOT to get the vaccine. I have to be super careful around her, because I do worry, about others too!! More children are hospitalized in this country right now than any other time during the pandemic- so you're incorrect to assume young people are not adversely affected. Many people probably wish they could homeschool, but they have other obligations, like work or caring for older relatives too. Try thinking about others for once and you'll see the other sides of this situation. Parents have a right to be nervous, children are traumatized and going to have rollercoasters of emotions going back to school. Have some empathy for the collective trauma we're all suffering. Well, those of us who have empathy and sympathy anyway...

Fredginrickey

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Greg F

are you that ignorant? Kids are now dying where they hadn’t before with this variant. This is spread now in seconds vs the 15 minutes it took pre-variant to get infected and you can spread it while vaccinated. Nothing to worry about…yeah, if you are blindingly stupid and have your head up your rear end, maybe so.

Jdbgalt

Kids are dying? Yes, a few have died and that is a terrible shame. That said, many kids die every year because of the flu, we don't close schools for that.

NewMarketParent

@dabittle

Are you really that callous or are you a troll?

This is orders of magnitude deadlier than the flu. Also, the flu typically doesn't leave the host with debilitating sickness. Please stop using FB to get medical advice.

gabrielshorn2013

👍 NMP!

Hayduke2

dabittle, are you really that clueless or just plain ignorant? What a callous statement - some advice, think for several seconds before you hit the send button bro.

Awteam2021

Dabittle, do you have kids in school? Do you care about their safety? Is the flu anywhere near as close to how contagious and fatal as CoVID-19? Why are you so callous?

Greg F

bitte...yes...kids are dying....and this is preventable entirely by just not being ignorant. How to not be ignorant? Get yourself vaccinated and wear your dammed mask and stay the hell away from each other as much as possible if you can't or won't do either one. Not rocket science. I see kids all over, including pharmacies that are not wearing masks, just like their idiot parents there aren't either. That is ignorant. This virus variant spreads in SECONDS....not 15 minutes of contact like before....and there are flu vaccines too most won't get either, and we know dammed well that from the lack of flu cases that masks work wonders as well...but you gotta wear them and not be stupid and wear them as only a chin diaper not covering your nose too.

newspostreader

dabittle - "young people do not appear to be adversely affected by the virus" - You clearly haven't seen the young children in the hospital on a ventilator struggling to survive.

NewMarketParent

@dabittle

It looks like if you are vaccinated than you still can get infected and/or be a carrier (although the virus will probably not take you out). We are asking people to think about others. Who wants to get their kids and/or grandparents sick? Also, who wants to be the host for the next variant? The sooner we follow good guidance, mask up, get vaccinated (when allowed) and keep our distance, the sooner we can all get back to the previous normal.

vodalone

"We are asking people to think about others. Who wants to get their kids and/or grandparents sick? "

You can still transmit the virus while being vaccinated, that "think about others" ideology is out the window in light of recent data.

NewMarketParent

@vodalone

We are asking people to get vaccinated (to help stop the spread, stay healthy and provide less hosts for variants).

We are asking people to wear masks and practice social distancing (to stop spread).

The vaccine is not a magic bullet. It looks like vaccinated can be carriers (especially with Delta). The vaccinated are less likely to be carriers.

Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

shiftless88

Vodalone; tests have showed that people who are vaccinated are infectious for a much shorter time.

Awteam2021

Vodafone, recent data shows - If you’re not vaccinated you are at a higher risk and more contagious. (Just look at the hospitalization and death rates of those not vaccinated). If you’re vaccinated you are at lower risk and less contagious. If everyone is vaccinated then all would be at a lower risk and less contagious... Simply smothering the spread, reducing fatalities and subjects for viral infection to mutation. Does that make sense to you?🤷‍♂️

vodalone

@Awteam2021 So what? You can't guarantee we'll "smother the spread". Nothing we've done so far has "smothered the spread". Get real bud, nature will always find a way no matter how hard we try to suppress it. The things we're doing (mask wearing, social distancing, vaccinations, etc.) are all well and good, but they're not making nowhere near the difference they're being advertised as, and you can't convince me otherwise.

shiftless88

To think of it another way, AW, if we were all vaccinated it would knock the seriousness of the Delta variant (in terms of infectiousness) from where it is to perhaps the Alpha or even less. Going less infectious instead of getting more.

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