Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate almost doubles in weeks – NBC4 Washington
Data on COVID-19 cases in Maryland is again available online and shows the state’s positivity rate nearly doubled in about two weeks.
A cyberattack on December 4 forced the Maryland Department of Health to take COVID-19 data offline. Data on coronavirus cases, the seven-day and higher moving average positivity rate is again available on Monday.
In just over two weeks, 28,541 more cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed. The statewide positivity rate fell from 5.43% on December 3 to 10.27% on Monday, December 20.
Health officials have urged residents to take precautions as several variants of the virus spread.
“The delta remains the most prevalent variant in Maryland, and with an increase in cases, we are taking action to support our state’s health care system,” Assistant Secretary of Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan said in a statement. “There are more tools than ever to help prevent and respond to COVID-19 infection. Please get vaccinated, be reminded when you are eligible, and get tested if you have any symptoms or plan to travel. ”
Additional information on the cyberattack was not immediately released. The incident did not affect the state’s ability to test for the virus or administer vaccines, officials said.