COVID

Frederick County experienced one death related to COVID-19 in the past week, a significant slowing in the pandemic’s death toll.

There were 19,718 total cases — up from 19,652 the week prior — and 316 total deaths in the county since the beginning of the pandemic as of Sunday’s reporting, the county’s website showed. The number of deaths increased by one this week and by four over the past two weeks.

Half of Frederick County’s population, 129,786 people, had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Maryland had confirmed 458,292 cases (compared to 456,004 one week ago) and 8,816 deaths (compared to 8,737 one week prior).

About 118,890 Frederick County residents, or 45.8 percent of the population, meanwhile, were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Sunday, up from about 107,005 one week ago.

The county’s seven-day positivity rate stood at 2 percent Sunday, down from 2.6 percent the week prior and 2.4 percent two weeks ago. Maryland’s rate was 2.03 percent, a decrease from 2.52 one week ago, Maryland Department of Health data shows.

The state had reached approximately 5.89 million doses administered, up from 5.55 million a week ago.

In Frederick County, Hispanic residents have contracted 13.4 percent of Frederick County 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 4.2 percent of deaths.

Black Frederick County residents represented 10.4 percent of cases and 11.1 percent of deaths. Black or African American people make up approximately 10.7 percent of the county’s population. Asian residents had 1.5 percent of the county’s cases and 0.6 percent of deaths, while they represent about 5 percent of the local population. White residents, which make up about 80.7 percent of Frederick County, represent 74.1 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the county and 53.4 percent of cases.

Women represent 52 percent of cases and 50.9 percent of deaths in the county.

More than 58 percent of the county’s deaths were adults aged 80 or older, although that age group made up just 2.5 percent of the county’s cases.

COVID-19 patients occupied three intensive care unit beds and 13 acute care beds at Frederick Health Hospital as of Sunday’s report. Across the state, 454 Marylanders were hospitalized, down from 612 a week ago.

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(24) comments

jth7100

Well give us the other activities with numbers per 100,000 that you refer to for such a conclusion. A super spreader event would be any event where the spread was greater than would have happened with proper precautions, thus the term super. By the way, did Biden win the election legally without fraud, or was it stolen from Trump?

jth7100

"COVID spread from Surgis rally" actually top of the cited piece and you use it to prove that it was not a spreader event? Anyone else noticing this?

jth7100

DC: "2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally a COVID-19 super-spreader event" is literally the title of the article and that's your evidence of what?

Greg F

Well, it isn't really a surprise if cases go up. There's more and more interactions and often with someone who is not masked and likely as not is not vaccinated. I was at an event over the weekend and talked with a number of folks who simply don't want to get the vaccine. Poor excuse after poor excuse was all I heard...none had a valid reason other than sheer pig-headedness and a head full of Fox News type disinformation on every single aspect they brought up. One guy even would not let his daughter get vaccinated when she said she wanted one and filled her head full of the misinformation typically passed around by the anti-vaxxer Qanon people. Just ridiculous stupidity. I am confident that when we look at the states that have the lowest rates of vaccinations, we will continue to see the pattern that they are all, 100% the poorest of the red states where people just can't help but follow their ill-intented and ill-informed politicians and media there. Unless you are immunocompromised, you have no good reason not to get the shot. Period.

BlueFredneck

Thing is, in a place like MD where 70-75% of the population will get vaxxed by the Fourth, you're doing social distancing by default. Even in WV, you've got 40-50% of the population vaxxed. (Also you've probably got some unvaxxed people still thinking appointments are impossible to get, as stories from March/April linger on - we saw this in 2020 as well.)

Sturgis 2021 looks to me as the virus' last hurrah until it fades into the background as an annual thing like the regular flu. Basically you'll have 400-500k people in one place, skewing older and skewing unvaxxed. Last year's Sturgis almost certainly contributed to the late summer spike in the upper Midwest.

To be fair, the establishment didn't cover itself in glory either, especially during the six weeks when it went anti-mask as hard as any Trumper. Fauci has some 'splaining to do.

bosco

Did you notice how in the weeks leading up to and during Sturgis 2020, it was being hyped by the media as a super spreader event with scenes of bikers not wearing masks and distancing? Did you also notice that after the event, the media was pretty much silent on the super spreader event at Sturgis?

That's because it was a non-event instead of a super spreader as the media was hyping and probably hoping for in the weeks before the election. 462,000 participants at Sturgis representing 61% of US counties, and 462 cases traced back to Sturgis.

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/04/news-scan-apr-29-2021

Awteam2021

The 580,000 covid deaths and the 33 million infected in the US. They all caught it somewhere. Not all in Sturgis but it added to the spread. Right?

bosco

Did you read the analysis that I posted? (And by posted I in no way implied the US Postal Service)

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/04/news-scan-apr-29-2021

shiftless88

bosco; I do not think you actually read this article, which discusses the huge increases in COVID cases from Sturgis.

Awteam2021

Why?

bosco

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/04/news-scan-apr-29-2021

Awteam2021

True, Dr Fauci said “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. Wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences — people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.”

Fauci made this comment on an interview with 60 Minutes on March 8, during the early stages of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States. As more information became available about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, health authorities and organizations around the world changed their stance towards the impact of face masks and the spread of the disease.

On April 8th, Dr. Fauci said “there is new data that shows that practicing social distancing and wearing a mask is a proven prophylactic against the spread of COVID-19.”

The Sturgis motor cycle rally took place between August 6 through the 15th. They didn’t get the updated memo? No. The world isn’t flat. When the facts change, smart people change their minds.🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️🙇‍♂️ Can you believe, there are people who still think it’s no worst then the flu? Many that attended the Sturgis rally, held 5 months later did.

Slain that.

bosco

https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/04/news-scan-apr-29-2021

Awteam2021

Bosco,

That study you cite stated: “The August 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota spread COVID-19 across the country, resulting in at least 649 infections—including transmission to household and workplace contacts—over the next 6 weeks, according to a study today in Clinical Infectious Diseases.” It doesn’t guesstimate how many led to others being infected.

The authors also noted that “the number of cases—140 per 100,000 attendees—is likely an underestimate because rally goers with no symptoms or mild illness may not have sought testing or reported attending the event, and health department resources to identify and interview contacts may have been limited. “

South Dakota and the bordering states of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming recorded 56% of all infections. Minnesota authorities traced rally-related infections to one third of the state's counties.

Figures suggest that Sturgis rally led to over 250,000 infections. So, what’s your point? - no big deal

- they weren’t warned

- Fauci misled them

- they had the right to be stupid

- no worst then the flu?

Greg F

The stupid sure is strong with you blue. Faucci has no explaining to do, while your orange moron, on the other hand.....well..he'll never do anything to ever explain why the election wasn't stolen and what he did after he lost to abdicate any responsibility for anything. He has around 30K lies over the past 4 years to 'splain away to you.

bosco

Fauci has no explaining to do? Really? How about he explain why he has been funding "gain of function" research at the lab in Wuhan through a third party? How about he explain exactly what gain of function on viruses does? How about he explain how the coronavirus could be so virulent if it simply crossed species instead of being manufactured in the lab and research he has been funding.

Maybe he should explain what he knew and when he knew it. Follow the money from the FDA to Wuhan.

The TDS is so strong in you, GregF, that you will ignore the complicity of the sainted Dr. Death, Dr. Fauci?

bosco

Sorry, I wrote FDA and shoulda written NIH for the source of the funding for the "gain of function" research that developed the coronavirus.

Awteam2021

Or maybe Bosco, he could explain why you won’t deny you worked for the postal service? Might there be some differing information out there? 🤔

Greg F

Whataboutism Bonzo? How unlike you? How about Trump's Chinese bank account? I'll worry about Faucci who has been the steadfast voice of reason vs what your idiot did the past 4 years and continues to do today. As for Wuhan, the conversation is at the link that follows, and Faucci is not in the wrong...it is Rand acting like the total a-hole he is on a daily basis. https://www.axios.com/fauci-rand-paul-wuhan-lab-coronavirus-eff1bb08-f6c7-4d63-b170-c49e87c2e3dd.html

bosco

awt sez....."Or maybe Bosco, he could explain why you won’t deny you worked for the postal service?"

Maybe you could explain why that is so important to you, awt. You made the erroneous claim based on an assumption. You failed to be able to prove your erroneous claim. You are left holding a bag of crap. I don't need to do anything. But I am a bit curious why it is so important to you and why you can't move on. Did a postal worker scare you at some point? Does one of your siblings look like the postman? Does your spouse seem fixated on letter carriers on career day at school?

BlueFredneck

Are you denying the prevalent narrative from the establishment was that masks for the Muggles did more harm than good until maybe like April 5-10 or so?

Turns out Fauci was probably worried about a run on masks like the run on sanitizing wipes and toilet paper, but he didn't level with us at the time.

Also his answers about gain of function research were a little off. Of course, since Trump closed the CDC Wuhan facility ...

Don't get me wrong, Donald "it'll be down to zero anyday now" Trump got neck-deep in it, whereas Fauci got only knee-deep. The refusal to send masks to every American and the weird Hunger Games thing to get PPE and testing supplies probably earned him additional time in Purgatory if not a deeper level of Inferno.

But I think the initial mixed messaging on masks from the medical establishment did some harm and wasn't really necessary. People don't always react to the latest and greatest news with the quickest of speed.

bosco

shiftless sez:

'bosco; I do not think you actually read this article, which discusses the huge increases in COVID cases from Sturgis"

I did indeed read the article and the number of cases traced back to the Sturgis rally do not seem excessive per 100,000 when compared to other activities. Perhaps you should share your definition of a super spreader event.

Awteam2021

According to the CDC, the leading cause of deaths over the last 12 months in the US;

* Heart disease: 659,041

* Cancer: 599,601

* Covid-19: 589,000

* Accidents (unintentional injuries): 173,040

* Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 156,979

* Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,005

* Alzheimer’s disease: 121,499

* Diabetes: 87,647

* Drug overdoses: 81,000

* Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 51,565

* Influenza and pneumonia: 49,783

* Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,511

* homicides: 18,000

Sounds like a super spreader to me. Seeing the CDC didn’t have it on the chart in 2019.

BlueFredneck

Hmm. The Dakotas and surrounding states (MN, IA, NE, KS, WI) all had spikes that took off in September and peaked in mid-October/early November. In fact, the worst impact to any state was the Dakotas in October - you had 100 cases per 100k people some days (and a few days with 200 cases per 100k people) and death tolls in the 20s and 30s. Remember that neither Dakota has a population over 800k.

There was a slight increase in early September that leveled off and then it (re)exploded in early October. I mean it'd take 3-6 weeks for second and third-hand infections to come out (biker comes down with it around Labor Day, his family around mid-September, etc., etc), but there could've been many other factors at play by then.

Now of course, correlation/causation and all that. But I can't think of another place that'll have a bigger concentration of unmasked people. Of course this wave will be puny compared to the one last year, but it'll provide enough fuel to inflame the worries of people who are still double masking outdoors while alone.

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