I live in Carroll County, Maryland. We’re north of DC, but just close enough to be considered a far suburb, and close enough west of Baltimore to be considered a suburb of Charm City as well.
As of Friday, the County Health Department reports that we have had 128 cases of covid-19, but that only 32 of the case were from “community contact.” The rest were from exposure outside the county.
There have been 6 deaths so far.
Today’s figures from the Maryland State Health Department site show that the Carroll County case count is up to 132 with no additional deaths. The statewide numbers are—
Confirmed Cases 3,125
Hospitalization (Total Ever) 821
So far, 159 people have been released from isolation and 22,485 have tested negative for the virus.
The bulk of the cases have been in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, the two that border DC; Baltimore City and Baltimore County; and Anne Arundel County, a county that runs between the DC and Baltimore area (and contains the state capital Annapolis). These jurisdictions account for over three-quarters of the case in the state, but only about 65 % of the population.
However, we here Carroll County are harder hit on a per capita basis. We have about 2.8 % of the state’s population, but 4.2 % of the Wuhan virus cases. I suspect that the excess cases are the result of people getting infected at work in Baltimore, Montgomery or PC Counties, or DC.
I normally work in PG County, but I’ve been telecommuting for the past three weeks.