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Even as cooler temperatures begin to push more people indoors, Worcester County’s covid case rates and hospitalizations are faring well, with steady drops in numbers over the past few weeks.

As of Thursday, the county’s positivity rate was 4.89 percent, just above the state’s low positivity rate of 3.06 percent. Shortly before school went back into session, Worcester County rivaled others for one of the highest positivity rates in the state, but the numbers have declined since the summer crowds have dwindled and the resort’s entered off-season mode.

Atlantic General Hospital officials also reported the lowest hospital numbers in several weeks. While the number of people hospitalized with covid never reached high enough to warrant the postponement of other procedures, or any of the other handicaps felt by some other facilities during the peak of the delta surge, the current total is down to its lowest in months.

On Wednesday, officials reported just four covid in-patients, down from seven last week and 11 the week before.

Unfortunately, though, the number of covid deaths has jumped slightly, going from 115 to 119 in the last week.

Weekly vaccine numbers and info:

  • As of Thursday, Maryland providers administered more than 8.4 million covid-19 vaccines for a total of 86.1 percent of residents with at least one dose.
  • Hospital staff at Atlantic General have administered 12,353 covid vaccines as of Wednesday.
  • According to the Worcester County Health Department, 73.1 percent of the county’s population was fully vaccinated as of Wednesday. 
  • Atlantic General staff members administered 66 shots since last week.
  • As of Wednesday, 90 percent of AGH staff members had received at least one dose of the vaccine.
  • Atlantic General Hospital hosts vaccine clinics from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at its pharmacy in the main lobby of the hospital. All three types of vaccines are offered.

 

Weekly covid numbers:

  • As of Thursday, Worcester County’s covid-19 positivity rate was 4.89 percent, a decrease from 5.96 percent last week. Posting the highest positivity rate in the state was Garrett County at 17.25 percent.
  • The state’s positivity rate was 3.06 percent Thursday.
  • Also as of Thursday, Maryland reported 558,852 confirmed covid cases 
  • Worcester County confirmed 53 new cases since last week, bringing the total cases since March 2020 to 5,011.
  • Atlantic General Hospital reported four covid in-patients this week, down from seven last week. Two of the patients were fully vaccinated and the ages ranged between 59 and 88.
  • Ocean Pines and Berlin had 1,940 cases and Ocean City had 1,253 Thursday.
  • Worcester County has reported 119 covid deaths since March 2020.
  • According to the state health department website, as of Wednesday, 90 people in Worcester County schools — both public and private — were positive for covid. Broken down, Snow Hill Middle School had 26 cases, Showell Elementary had 24, Buckingham Elementary had 13, Stephen Decatur Middle had 11, Pocomoke Elementary had 9, Stephen Decatur High School had seven. Worcester County Public Schools also tracks new covid cases and outbreaks through an online dashboard tracking system.

According to the site, between Oct. 18 and 22, the school system reported 30 new covid cases.

*Info from Gov. Larry Hogan; the Maryland Department of Health; Atlantic General; Worcester County Health Department; and the CDC.*

 

This story appears in the print version of the Ocean City Today on Oct. 29.

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