Key COVID-19 metrics across Maryland continued their noticeable improvement Monday, as the seven-day rolling positivity fell to its lowest level in more than a month and the number of new cases dropped to a level not reached in more than two months.

“We’re pleased to see the number of daily cases and percent of tests that are positive trending down,” Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, the county’s health officer, said in an email, “and [we] think this trend is likely due to a combination of increasing vaccination coverage in the community, increasing humidity, and the fact that it’s been several weeks from the recent religious holidays, family gatherings, and spring break vacations.”

Nearly a third of the residents in both the state and the county have been fully vaccinated. And with warmer weather driving more people outdoors, it’s gradually becoming harder for the novel coronavirus to spread.

There were 557 new cases of COVID-19 reported across the state Monday by the Maryland Department of Health, which is 349 fewer than what was reported the previous day and as low as the number has been since a one-day blip of 516 cases on Feb. 16.

Over the weekend, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that Maryland had seen a 43 percent drop in COVID-19 cases over the last week, which was the largest in the nation.

Meanwhile, the state’s seven-day rolling positivity rate, an average of positive results as a percentage of all tests, dropped by a quarter of a percentage point Monday to 4.51 percent. That’s as low as it has been since March 22 (4.45 percent).

In Frederick County, the number of new cases (19) was as low as it’s been since March 23, while the seven-day positivity rate dipped below 4 percent for the first time since March 12.

There were eight COVID-related deaths reported across the state; none of them occurred in Frederick County.

At Frederick Health Hospital, the number of coronavirus patients have been nearly cut in half over the past week. Intensive-care admissions for COVID-19 are also down 50 percent over the period.

“We know that the virus is continuing to change and mutate, and we don’t know what the future holds or when the governor will lift the remaining protective restrictions,” Brookmyer said. “The vaccine will make a real impact on the virus in our community, but that largely depends on how many people are vaccinated and how much the virus is mutating, spreading and causing severe illness. For now, it’s important to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and to continue wearing the face coverings and maintain physical distancing until we have achieved countywide immunity.”

Maryland has administered close to 4.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, as the state nears a tipping point when supply of vaccine doses will surpass the demand for them.

The overall effort received a boost last Friday with the reauthorization of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine following a Food and Drug Administration review of rare blood clots that were associated with it.

The Maryland Department of Health gave the green light to Maryland vaccine providers to resume using their available supply of the J&J vaccine. However, the Frederick County Health Department said it was still discussing use of the vaccine with local providers and will issue its course of action by Friday.

The county health department announced it will be offering no-appointment vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its new high-volume vaccination center in Frederick at 800 Oak Street.

The department advised that no-appointment lines will be longer and that a vaccine is not guaranteed without an appointment.

“Please talk with your family and friends about getting vaccinated,” Brookmyer said. “We are making the vaccine more accessible to people in our community ... We know people still have questions about the vaccines, and we are happy to come to community groups to answer questions and address concerns. This phase of the vaccination campaign will take longer to reach people. So, we need everyone’s help to make sure we can offer vaccine to all [of] Frederick County who wants to be vaccinated.”

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(17) comments

jth7100

The irony of that question is totally lost on pdl.

bosco

This is good news. Maybe Uncle Joe will let us gather in our backyards on July 4th. In the meantime, some light reading for you:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-democratic-obsession-with-masks-has-become-ridiculous/ar-BB1g4HGk?ocid=msedgdhp

Greg F

Maybe mafia Donnie will invite Bonzo to Mar-a-Lago to cruise with the crusties in covid-land. Bonzo...why are you so obsessed with dissing masks? You do realize other nations used masks long before COVID was even heard of, right? Most others have some courtesy for not wanting to get other people sick or desire to breath in other people's personal plagues. Your POS-POTUS of the last 4 years flippity-flopped on masks, dissed them and mocked them for the entirety of the pandemic. Seems he had another obsession with them....among other nasty habits.

bosco

Can't get that guy outta your head, can you? Keep wearing that mask.

threecents

Bosco, You confuse me again. Are you mocking us now for wearing masks, even though you have been supporting mask wearing? I am assuming this is part of your mission to drive us crazy.

threecents

If you are saying it is OK to drop the mask after being vaccinated, then OK, but probably best to wear it in public, so people aren't afraid you are going to make them sick - at least until we are sure the epidemic is finally beat. Or is the issue too political for you to care about other people? Is it really so hard to wear a mask in public?

bosco

Not trying to drive anyone crazy. I just told GregF to keep wearing his mask because he's the guy who reports on the numbers of people he sees without masks when he's out and about.

I see no reason to wear a mask once vaccinated except for the government's mandates that they be worn indoors. The science is outpacing lockdowns implemented a year ago. Hence my derision of Hidin' Biden telling us that if everyone is vaccinated we can gather in our backyards for a cookout on July 4th. This from the guy who said he wouldn't trust the vaccine, then got the vaccine, and now wears two masks.

Greg F

He is responsible for the things that Fox spewed out and continues to do including this one inciting violence against mask wearers-trump made crap media normal and blatant stupidity acceptable. You gave him a pass. That’s worse. https://www.cnn.com/

vodalone

The masks being worn by most are not much more than a false sense of security with a mix of virtue signaling. If the government was really serious about masking up, they'd nationalize N95 mask production and require those to be worn instead of a thin piece of cloth when in public indoors. As we've seen recent history of comparing metrics between Texas and Michigan, masks make a very very miniscule difference in spread.

threecents

Except there are actual published peer reviewed studies showing that even cheap masks offer significant protection against Covid and Flu viruses. But, yah, N-95s are better. Once K-95s became cheap and widely available, I was wearing them - until I got my second shot. Now I just wear washable cloth masks.

threecents

And yah, they should have nationalized N-95 mask production a long time ago. It is only recently that hospitals have enough for their workers.

vodalone

Threecents - What do you mean by "cheap masks"? If you're referring to simple single or double layer cloth masks, gators, bandanas, etc. they barely offer any protection. If you're referring to surgical masks, then yes they offer some protection. Factor that in with people not wearing them property and constantly touching them, it makes no difference. What is crazier to me is that masks of any kind are required outdoors. Unless you're should to shoulder with people at some big concert outside, there is no need for wearing a mask outdoors. CDC lifted the requirement today for vaccinated people and unvaccinated people to some degree. I don't know anyone who is wearing a mask outdoors, that's just silly and goes against all science of how air and viruses travel and survive.

pdl603

I wonder, lil’ g what it is like to live in perpetual fear and hate. People would like to know.

bosco

People who are fearful are easier to control.

shiftless88

If you want the answer to that, ask those people who feel the need to have multiple firearms in their house as well as carrying them around on a daily basis for "protection"

gabrielshorn2013

...feel the need to have multiple firearms in their house..."

You play golf with just a driver, shiftless? Different firearms for different circumstances.

Greg F

Here is the link to your azz hat media https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-tucker-carlson-tells-viewers-to-confront-mask-wearing-people-20210427-3riwdnf4ujhg3cfj5lqkizwopa-story.html

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