Every day, The Frederick News-Post publishes an overview of COVID numbers in Frederick County as well as Maryland. For several months now, the hospitalizations in Frederick have been about 30, the intensive-care cases around five, and the positivity rate at 5 percent.

Each week, a few people die. These figures show that Frederick County is doing worse than much of the rest of Maryland and I would like to know why.

The paper needs to take an in-depth look at the COVID situation in the county that answers such questions as: What percentage of the hospitalizations are unvaccinated people? In general, what parts of the county do the cases come from? Are they mainly rural or from Frederick city? What percentage of the cases are minorities?

I believe that we know in general that the county’s problem is centered on our unvaccinated people, but what part of the county do they live in and what efforts are being made to vaccinate them? The time for “I’m still making up my mind” is long gone.

William Heath


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And once the Covid-obsessed are provided this granular personal and demographic data, they will... what? Use it to fan the flames of their fears and anxieties? Why not go whole hog and demand the names, addresses and phone numbers of the dastardly un-vaxxed? Such data shouldn't be all that difficult to acquire. Or perhaps fearful citizens could just conduct vigilante-style sweeps through demographically and/or ethnically suspect neighborhoods, demanding to see Covid vaccination cards -- and then publish the names of those who cannot produce them? Better still, demand the government conduct these raids. Thanks to Biden, we're almost at that point anyway. The veritas family is completely vaccinated, boosters and all, and stands ready to vax again, repeatedly if recommended. But it's painful and discouraging to witness so many fellow citizens so willing not just to surrender their own Constitutional freedoms, but to compel others do the same.


But enough about government imposed restrictions on abortion.


Gladys, Veritas is likely to be a Evangelical and for them there is nothing worse than abortion. It is a religious issue, a value that is not going to change for them. They don't care, rape or incest regardless.


People have written in that they believe there is a conspiracy to hide data that the vaccine is not working - specifically in Frederick. It would be great if we could see whatever data is available. A lot of this information is already compiled and given to the CDC and/or FDA without personal identifying information (names, addresses, etc).


Couldn't have said it better myself. Frederick News-Post has being passive during the whole pandemic.


I strongly agree with this LTE. I am grateful to the FNP for providing daily info, but it would be great if they could include vaccine status, ages, and predisposing conditions of hospital patients - at least on a weekly basis.


This might raise privacy issues? It is not p.c. to reference obesity, for instance.


Yah, whatever they can provide. I don't think vaccine status is protected by HIPAA.


The percent positive may also be a misleading number that needs to be explained. I recently had surgery at FHH. Three days prior to the surgery, despite no symptoms and no exposure, I was required to get a COVID test, which was negative (I am not complaining about the requirement - it makes sense to me). Is my test counted in the percent reported in the paper? Or is it not part of the data?


I've been wondering the same thing about the tests done on unvaccinated employees. I've also been to events which offered on-the-spot tests for the unvaccinated prior to admission. What about people who home test? Do any of these results get forwarded to the county to count towards the positivity rate?

Also, I went to the CDC website to check Fred Co's death numbers, and for some reason they haven't been updated since prior to July with a status "suppressed". What's going on there? https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view|Maryland|24031|Risk|community_transmission_level


It opened on my computer and is up date.


Yes and no, three.

Scroll down to Cases & Deaths in Frederick County, Maryland

Data through Sun Nov 07 2021

Total Deaths (last 7 days) <10

Death Rate (last 7 days) suppressed

% Change (last 7 days) 150

You'll also see that the graph for deaths due to CoViD in Frederick County MD stops in July. A great outcome, if it were only true...


Oh, I see it now. I think the issue is that we have had so few deaths lately in Frederick that they don't have useful statistics, and it makes graphing problematic.


Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the home tests have to be sent in to get read, so they are probably included in the statistics.

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