The COVID-19 positivity rate in Maryland dropped below 3 percent for the first time Sunday.

The positivity rate dropped .22 percent between Saturday and Sunday, it is now 2.85 percent. The daily positivity rate also reached a new low, 1.89 percent.

The state reported 412 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the total to 120,156. Three additional deaths were also reported Sunday. The death toll is now 3,735.

In Frederick County, 18 additional cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 3,914. No new deaths were reported between Saturday and Sunday.

The positivity rate is 2.5 percent in the county.

Across the state, hospitalizations are the lowest they’ve been since the end of March, with 213 people in acute care and 68 in intensive care.

There are currently no COVID-19 hospitalizations in Frederick County for the first time since April.

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Well, what do you think?


This sounds great....the head pictures though of our daughter's teeny tiny dorm room in College Park, which dorm is now shut down for 23 cases, are not so reassuring. Okay, some kids went to campus for a "sorta" college experience, but yeah, they probably went down the hall to study in the larger room, probably even tried to distance, because you just can't live in a 10x10' room 24/7. And was it even that. Now they have to. At the time, she was thrilled just to get a corner window with a busy view, a/c and her same room mate (now a teacher in MD and still friends). Not sure how two could attend classes in that same room, but both girls being Marylanders, one or both would leave for home, I guess. And they'd be the lucky ones who could do that. Every time anyone complains about restrictions, there are those worse off. But as they say, my experiences are colloquial. Party up.


The 'positivity rate' is such a garbage metric. If a bunch of people take the test that don't have it, the rate drops, even if more people overall actually test positive. The number that needs to be reported on is the percentage of the county that is sick. The new case rate has to be less than 15 per 100,000 people for schools to fully reopen. How are we doing on that metric?


As of yesterday's numbers, Frederick County was at 9.9 new cases per 100K, Maryland as a whole was at 10.2. Unfortunately both of those numbers have been creeping upwards in recent weeks.



It would only be meaningful if we could enforce everyone be tested. That would never happen, so the best we might be able to do is do some statistical analysis and projections based on current positivity rates.

The problem is that there are people who are actively avoiding being tested because:

1. They are a member of the cult and don't want to make the numbers worse for their cult leader

2. Don't believe in the virus (see #1)

3. Figured they do have it and are just going to self-isolate until they think it is safe to come out

4. Don't want to get tested because of the invasiveness of the test

5. Don't want to/Can't pay for testing

The best we are ever going to do it be able to do a post-mortem after a working vaccine has been delivered. We should be able to filter out the spike in deaths comparing this year to previous years and get a more accurate measurement of how many infections we actually had.

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