COLUMBIA, MD. (WJZ) — With the hotter climate and extra actions shifting outdoor, native leaders are urging warning.
“The rise within the positivity and the case charges regarding not simply in Howard County however the state of Maryland and nationwide,” stated Dr. Maura Rossman, Howard County well being officer
Whereas the main focus has shifted to vaccination, the virus remains to be very a lot with us,” stated Calvin Ball, Howard County government.
As of Monday, Maryland’s positivity charge climbed to only underneath 5-percent, up from 3.96-percent two weeks in the past. Hospitalizations are additionally steadily trending up for the previous 11 days.
“I believe we are able to attribute that to a few issues, definitely the variants,” stated Dr. Rossman. “We will additionally I believe we’ve all change into a little bit bit relaxed, feeling actually hopeful and perhaps a little bit too hopeful.”
Howard County leaders noting testing charges have dropped considerably since December 2020.
Monday, the county launched its new community-based cell testing at 5 rotating areas all through Howard County. The cell testing can be operated by First Name Pressing Care, Monday-Friday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. The cell testing websites have been chosen to take away limitations to entry for communities as faculty buildings reopen.
The cell testing bus will rotate between the next 5 areas:
- Monday – Lengthy Attain Village Middle, 8775 Cloudleap Ct, Columbia, MD 21045
- Tuesday – North Laurel Group Middle, 9411 Whiskey Backside Rd, Laurel, MD 20723
- Wednesday – Normandy Buying Middle, 8480 Baltimore Nationwide Pike, Ellicott Metropolis, MD 21043 [beginning April 7th]
- Thursday – Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia, MD 21046
- Friday – The Elkridge 50+ Middle, 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075
“Testing is important to stopping the unfold of this virus and to maintain individuals protected. Speedy and easy accessibility to testing is vital to getting us again to regular,” stated Ball.
Whereas the governor’s workplace introduced each county can be receiving extra doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week, to be able to attain herd immunity, well being consultants are predicting 70 to 90-percent of the inhabitants must be vaccinated.
Proper now, solely about 15-percent of Marylanders are totally vaccinated.
“Most of us are nonetheless not but protected,” stated Ball “We have to proceed to put on our masks, apply bodily distancing, keep away from giant gatherings”
By the tip of April, the governor says all Maryland residents over 16 can be eligible to get a vaccine.