Frederick County reported the youngest death from COVID-19 Thursday.
A woman in her 40s died from the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, according to the Frederick County Health Department. A woman in her 80s and man in his 60s also died because of COVID-19, said Rissah Watkins, director of planning, assessment and communications for the Frederick County Health Department.
The deaths were announced by the health department, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to 45.
The county now has 726 cases, which include two more cases in children 9 and younger. It’s an increase of 35 cases, slightly higher than what was reported Wednesday.
The county’s active cases is 477, when considering the number of deaths and the 204 people who have been released from isolation. That an increase of 11, since Wednesday and the highest number of active cases yet in the county.
But that number is unreliable, Dr. Randall Culpepper previously told the News-Post. As more people are diagnosed with COVID-19, it gets hard to track each case, meaning there are people who may have met the requirements for being released from isolation that are not counted.
Maryland reported one of its highest increases in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the day before Gov. Larry Hogan plans to announce the roadmap for recovery and plans for the reopening of the state.
Even as he prepares to announce plans to reopen, Hogan has repeatedly said the state is not yet ready to reopen, noting that the state is still seeing increases in deaths and hospitalizations.
The Maryland Department of Health reported 962 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the second highest jump in cases the state has seen since Maryland announced its first cases in early March. There are now 15,737 confirmed cases of the disease.
In addition to the increase in cases, the state health department reported 49 new deaths, continuing the trend of a high amount of new deaths reported each day. It is likely that this will be the deadliest week from COVID-19 in the state during the pandemic.
There are 1,405 people currently hospitalized, 890 are in acute care and 515 in intensive care.
Deaths and cases reported by the state and county health department continue to have discrepancies. For example, the state reported 690 cases of COVID-19 in Frederick County with 30 deaths.
But at the time the state numbers were released, Frederick County had 42 deaths and 691 cases.
These discrepancies are also seen in Carroll, Howard and Prince George’s counties, as examples.
Hospitalizations continue to rise, with 152 new people hospitalized. Despite the increase in hospitalizations, there are fewer people currently hospitalized than were a few days ago.
In Frederick County one more person was hospitalized, bringing the total to 43 residents ever hospitalized with COVID-19.
There are currently around 24 patients in Frederick Health Hospital due to COVID-19, spokeswoman Kelsey Shupe said in an email. Not all the patients at FHH may be Frederick County residents.
Generally, between a half to a third of COVID-19 patients require intensive care, said Dr. Manny Casiano, chief medical officer.
“We are finding that those who require hospitalization are more critically ill,” Casiano said in an email. “It is important for the public to understand that we continue to maintain available beds for patients needing ICU-level care, as well as those needing inpatient medical care.”
But while the hospital is seeing COVID-19 patients, one thing the hospital is not seeing is cardiac, stroke and appendicitis patients in the emergency department, Casiano said.
“We don’t fully understand this – is it that people are suffering at home with problems they’d normally have come to the ER for — which would be a bad thing — or have the number of other conditions actually gone down due to staying at home and social distancing?” he said in the email. “Nobody knows yet.”
The hospital is seeing decreases in heart patients, said Kristen Fletcher, director of Cardiac and Vascular Services, especially in heart attacks.
“It’s important to not delay care if someone is experiencing cardiac or stroke symptoms,” Fletcher said.
Emergency Department volumes significantly dropped, said Jennifer Kramer, director of Emergency and Respiratory Services. However, patients who do come in have higher acuity. The most common complaints for coming to the emergency department are respiratory symptoms and chest pain.
And while numbers are lower, Dr. Jonathan Wenk, medical director of Emergency Medicine, wants people to know that the risk of acquiring COVID-19 from coming into the emergency department are low.
“The risks of death or disability from delayed treatment of heart attack or stroke are extremely high,” Wenk said in an email.