LEONARDTOWN, MD (January 7, 2021) – Ongoing surveillance of local COVID-19 data by the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has shown a recent increase in several key indicators, including:
- New Cases Today (24 hr change):108
- Total cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County residents:3,981 (+375 in past 7 days)
- New Case Rate per 100,000:38.01 (+15.28 in past 7 days, 67% increase)
- Percentage Confirmed Positive (PCR) Cases:18.41% (+2.34 in past 7 days, 15% increase)
- Deaths:84 (+2 in past 7 days, 2% increase)
“This is the highest single-day increase in positive cases that we have seen,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “It is vital that all community members continue COVID-19 prevention measures – wear face coverings indoors and outside when around those, not in your household, avoid gatherings, physically distance from non-household members, and wash hands frequently.”
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 gatherings and events, working outside the home with others, and utilizing indoor spaces such as retail settings.
Community members who are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and away from others, except for medical care or get tested for COVID-19.
For local updates and information on prevention, symptoms, and more, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call SMCHD at (301) 475-4330.