The reporting by your reporter Greg Swatek on COVID-19 is misleading and your headlines that note downward numbers is especially so. Downward numbers are statewide, interesting but not for Frederick. Those who are just headline readers see that and they go out and think all is fine now and safe to mingle.

You reported last Monday an increase in Frederick of new positive cases increasing by 22 from that Saturday to Sunday. You reported last Tuesday an increase of 25 since the previous day, and you reported last Thursday an increase of 28 more than the previous day! Therefore, Frederick has seen an increase of 75 new cases in just four days! Where is that headline?

The Frederick data is critically significant and indeed was reported by you but it is buried in a feel good article. It should be reported separately or highlighted with cumulative figures to let people know what is really happening in our community.

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Has the County said how these tests are counted? If a person is retested, does that count as a second positive test? Also, has anyone seen reports of the rate of false positives from the testing that had been done locally? Does the county track whether people tested are asymptomatic? Do these totals reflect the date that the test sample was taken, processed, reported, or something else? Sadly, there are still too many unknowns for these numbers to be useful.


Smoleys, so true. 130,000 dead is just too big an unknown. Its all a lib tar d hoax, you know, due to the fake mainstream media.


Really tired of letters saying the FNP emphasized this too little or that too much or should not have put that picture on the same page with this article. Stop being snowflakes.


So, I can presume that you're ok with inaccurate information or being misled?




3cent is ok with it because 3cents primary sources of news are CNN, MSNBC and FNP. Sad.


Sad? I think 3 is very accurate and time will tell us about other sources. Sooner or later it will be too late to hide behind misleading statements.


Inaccurate information and being misled???😂🤣Did you see the Mike Pence Coronavirus Task Force News Conference this afternoon???? So, can I presume you’re ok with that MD???? 🐵🙊🙈🙉


Did you ever see me write something in support of Pence? No. I am not ok with any inaccurate or misleading information coming from any politician or the media outlet.



Snowflakes? You must also be tired of the comments. Anyway there is enough information available that the FNP should not have to be the source. In the last day 8 new cases have been confirmed in Frederick County 23,000+ have been tested.


The downward trend is good, just doesn't mean we are safe without precautions.


Mr. Barone,

Your caution is prudent and we should continue to be vigilant But if you have been tracking the numbers you know that increases in cases, even at the higher numbers you mentioned, approximately one new case per 1000 people, is much lower than in the previous months. Vigilance is needed. And caution. But out of context hype distorts the picture.


OMG, jsklinelga, do you mean that the media would try to sensationalize a story? [lol]

I just posted elsewhere that on the CBS evening news last night a reporter was talking about a spike in case in, I believe, Houston and how all of the ICU beds were full. A little later he went on to report that 75% of the ICU beds were not Covid-19 cases. At least he gave a fuller picture of what is really going on. We have to look past the number of cases and monitor the postivity rate of the tests and the death rates.

We have be able to get our information from more than one source and watch the statistics closely to get the full picture.


Bosco; did you read the article in question? Do you realize that the LTE is saying that the FNP did NOT sensationalize the story. That was the point (which you seem to have missed).


Shiftless,did you realize that I was replying to jsk's comment. That was the point that you seemed to have missed. Sheesh. [ninja]


I can tell you that due to COVID in my hometown they had to airlift a car crash victim 150 miles because all the ICU beds were full.

Greg F

Spin it however you like, the issue is that unless you're under a rock or incapable of comprehending anything, COVID cases are once again on rapid rise all over. A 3 year old could put together that people without masks and going out in proximity are the cause of this. Hey kid..mask good or mask bad...(kid...duh...put your dammmed mask on, stupid). It doesn't take great visual acuity to see the selfish and ignorant ones out there masks off entirely, down fully or off their nose entirely, upside down, inside out, etcetera. You don't have to go far to find store employees not wearing masks that are required to do so (saw the pharmacist at the counter CVS Walkersville...mask down I left) or many shops around...and also shops unwilling to do much of anything to someone who comes in not wearing one either where it is required. So...not to sensationalize, but this article shows a lot of how ICU counts are about to change...and change to adapt to be more accurate of what is going on since we're now getting deeper into this long term plague. If you aren't wearing a mask out and about, you are the problem.


GregF I'm to the point where I'll mention it to store clerks when I see them not wearing their mask correctly, such as on their chin or with their nose hanging out - so far Home Depot, Costco, and Giant. I'm not about to approach a citizen - too many crazies out there nowadays - but I figure store staff should have had some training on how to don and doff the mask.

Guess I'm part of the mask patrol! [ninja]


bosco - [thumbup][thumbup]


jsk; your optimism is noted but are you aware of the exponential nature of how viruses spread? They can double in a few days, then double again, then double again. That is why they call a quickly spreading internet video "viral". Once an uptick starts it is likely going to grow without quick action. So yes, perspective is good but so is vigilance.

Greg F's proof of your concept....take a look at the graph here that just a few states doing stupidity can blow things up bigtime.

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