Ongoing surveillance of local COVID-19 data by the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has shown a recent surge in several key indicators, including: • Total cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County residents: 1,826 (+157 in past 7 days) • New Case Rate per 100,000: 16.15 (+5.84 in past 7 days, 57% increase) • Percentage Confirmed Positive (PCR) Cases: 7.51 (+0.59 in past 7 days, 9% increase) • Estimated Effective Reproduction Number (Rt): 1.54 (+0.17 in past 7 days, 12% increase) Community members may view the most up-to-date local COVID-19 data on the SMCHD website at www.smchd.org/covid-19-data. Disease investigation efforts demonstrate that the most common high risk activities contributing to the recent spread of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County include: • Social gatherings and events with non-household members (including smaller events with family and/or friends) • Indoor bar patronage • Going to work outside of the home when feeling sick/showing symptoms • Participating in sports or league teams • Travel to areas with rising case or positivity rates “This new case rate is the highest we have seen thus far in the course of this pandemic locally,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “In addition, the […]
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