Vaccine draw

Eric Smothers, assistant chief of the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Company, draws a dose of the Moderna COVID19 vaccine into a syringe at Frederick Community College in February.

One-fifth of Frederick County’s population has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the latest local figures showed Sunday, while more than 11 percent of local residents have been fully inoculated.

Approximately 20.5 percent of the local population, or 53,178 people, had received the first dose, up from 17.8 percent last week, according to Frederick County’s website.

Those that have received the second dose comprise about 11.3 percent (29,312 people) of the county, up from 10 percent the week prior.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) tweeted Sunday the state is now averaging 42,705 doses per day, with 1.87 million doses administered across the state. About 21.4 percent of Marylanders have received at least one shot. Most Marylanders are getting the two-shot vaccine, while 48,887 people had the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine as of March 13, state data showed Sunday. There were 688,005 Maryland residents fully vaccinated.

The seven-day positivity rate was at 4.1 percent locally, while Maryland’s positivity rate stands at 3.73 percent, Maryland Department of Health data shows.

In Frederick County, there were 17,451 COVID-19 cases — up from 17,196 the week prior — and 278 deaths, an increase of five from one week ago, as of Sunday’s reporting. Maryland had confirmed 393,441 cases and 7,866 deaths.

Female Frederick County residents accounted for slightly more COVID-19 cases than males, at 52.2 percent, while female deaths stood at 50.8 percent.

Hispanic residents have contracted 13.8 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 3.7 percent of deaths.

COVID-19 patients occupied four intensive care unit beds and 27 acute care beds at Frederick Health Hospital as of Sunday’s report. Across the state, 774 Marylanders were hospitalized.

Inside local congregate living facilities, 278 staff and 304 residents have contracted COVID-19. Forty-nine residents had died. There were no staff deaths as of Sunday.

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So 25% of the county are in a high risk health group? Would be interested on how many were first responders and front-line workers and how many are just plain sick.


As of today, Slow Joe has killed 125000 people. Bidenz lied people died. I just love when The Chsirman said if you behave I’ll give you some of your rights back


Please. That’s on Trump’s head.


How so? Vaccine out and about, why the slow roll?


It's not a slow roll, and it is getting faster.


What’s the lie? Yes, Biden inherited a mess, he hasn’t put an end to all Trump’s recklessness. He had to address production, distribution and implementation of a national vaccine. Trump left no plan. But, in Biden’s first 50 days as president he has had historic success. He pledged to vaccinate 1 million a day over his first 100 days. He has exceeded that and potentially will double that number. The Biden s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package was passed. That includes $1,400 direct payments to eligible Americans, a boost to unemployment benefits, an expansion of the child tax credit, funding for vaccine distribution, and billions to help schools, colleges, and universities reopen. 

Do you remember Trump saying the virus would be gone by Easter 2020🐣? I do. By the way where’s the WALL that Mexico was going to pay for? That’s another clean up for Biden on aisle “45”. Trump had the ‘house, the senate and the executive office’ and never one bill to address immigration.

What a f-up.


Awe is it a lie because you day it is? Really USAToday? No, Trump had a plan and the dipstick duo decided to ignore. 125000 deaths later, No Show Joe still doesn’t have a plan.


I wonder how many Trump Haters are refusing to get vaccinated, since he's solely responsible for how quickly the vaccines were developed? [lol][lol][lol]


I do find that amusingly ironic.

"How dare Biden take credit for the vaccines, that was all Trump"

"I'm not taking no vaccine though"



Trump does deserve some credit for the speedy vaccine development, but obviously the people who made the vaccine deserve more credit. It is ironic that most of the people not taking the vaccines are Trumpers. Also ironic that Trump was a supporter of the anti-Vaxxer movement right before Covid hit - even giving a vaccine leadership position to RFK Jr - a long-time anti-Vaxxer with a degree in... wait for it... Economics. So, yah, he hired an economist and anti-Vaxxer to make policy on vaccines. It is all part of his anti-science kick that he does not really believe in, but he knows it makes him popular with his anti-science base.


Pew did some research on who is and isn’t getting vaccinated. More resistance amongst some demographic groups than others. The starkest differences were by religious identification. The group most resistant are white evangelical Christians. The least resistant group are atheists.


Really, Trump was responsible for the German/Turkish couple who created the first vaccine for Pfizer? Or the British Oxford created Astra Zeneca? Dolly Parton had more impact on the Moderna vaccine than Trump. That’s some industrial strength Orange Koolade imbibing.


Hidin' Biden promised that if we all get vaccinated and keep wearing our masks, by July 4th we can gather in small groups in our backyards for a cookout.

That's some real progress considering we were able to do that last year without a vaccine.

Here are some more of Hidin' Biden's claims:


Apparently, facts aren't yours strong point, bless your heart. That's an opinion piece, not a news piece you've linked to...


Did you bother to read it? Were any of the facts presented not true? Opinion piece or news piece, there is little difference nowadays.



Says the guy who never reads anything but opinion pieces and swears they are real.

Pro Tip: If it looks like a turd, I don't have to smell it to be absolutely sure.


Well, aren’t you special. Bless your pea-picking little heart.


It wasn't a good idea last year.


Why not? Outdoors and distanced?


Didn't Biden mean this July we might be able to have small cookouts without masks and distancing - since we will likely be vaccinated?! It seems like you deliberately misinterpret stuff to make your disingenuous points.


Only 1/5?? Pathetic


Maryland is doing better than the national average, as far as percent vaccinated goes. Frederick is a little below the state average, as focus is more on densely populated areas. Good news is that the national case and death rates have dropped dramatically, though we are still not out of the woods, as there are close to 600 deaths per day.

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