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Best Vaccine Week Yet Posted In Anne Arundel, But Shots Will Slow

Anne Arundel County had its best vaccine week yet. Despite the progress, inoculations are expected to slow down soon.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health closed its preregistration portal and instead opened direct scheduling for the coronavirus vaccine.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health closed its preregistration portal and instead opened direct scheduling for the coronavirus vaccine. (Scott Anderson/Patch)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD — Last week, Anne Arundel County had its highest seven-day inoculation total ever. More than a fifth of county residents are fully immunized. About a third have gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

This progress led Anne Arundel to close preregistration for the shot and instead open appointments for direct scheduling. Anybody 16 or older can now get the inoculation at providers across the state.

Maryland expects this growing rollout to temporarily slow down, however. Complications with the Johnson & Johnson immunization delayed shipments for the next few weeks.

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The state mainly uses the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, so this won't derail the rollout, but the pace may diminish slightly. Gov. Larry Hogan hopes to restore full capacity next month.

Infections are still slowly rising, and the county passed 40,000 total cases last week. New infections and hospitalizations are the highest they have been since February. The positivity rate is at its steepest clip since January.

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This spike led three local high schools to cancel the rest of their varsity football seasons.

Last week's 911 cases are up four from the week prior. It was the 10th straight week that Anne Arundel recorded less than 1,000 new infections. Before that, the county had clocked more than 1,000 new cases per week for about three consecutive months.

The virus also killed five county residents last week, which is four fewer than the week before, the Maryland Department of Health said. Here's a look at where the numbers stand in Anne Arundel County.

Full Vaccinations

  • Currently: 22.24 percent
  • Trend: Up by 4.07 percentage points
  • Rank: 14th out of the state's 24 jurisdictions
  • Trend: Improved by one slot
  • Comments: This was the most Anne Arundel County residents that have ever been vaccinated in a single week.

For more information on Anne Arundel County's vaccination plan, click here. To see when you'll be eligible for the inoculation, read Patch's explainer. Check out our how-to guide to learn how to sign up for the shot. Head to Patch's immunization page to keep up with Maryland's latest vaccine news.

At Least One Dose

  • Currently: 35.69 percent
  • Trend: Up by 4.29 percentage points

This is the percentage of residents who have gotten at least one dose of the inoculation. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both require two shots. The Johnson & Johnson immunization only has one injection.

Coronavirus Case Rate

  • Currently: 22.47
  • Trend: Up by 0.1
  • Comments: Such a small increase suggests that the case rate may soon plateau. This was the seventh straight week that new infections rose, however. The case rate was even higher on Saturday when it reached 23.28. That was the highest since Feb. 4.
  • Recent High: 23.28 on April 10
  • Recent Low: 13.47 on Feb. 25
  • Overall High: 64.99 on Jan. 12
  • Overall Low: 3.53 on June 26, 2020

Hospitalizations

  • Currently: 86
  • Trend: Up by 16
  • Comments: This is the highest total since Feb. 16. Hospitalizations have doubled in less than a month.
  • Recent High: 168 on Jan. 8
  • Recent Low: 39 on March 8
  • Overall High: 172 on April 21, 2020
  • Overall Low: 21 on Sept. 21, 2020

ICU Hospitalizations

  • Currently: 13
  • Trend: Up by 2
  • Comments: ICU hospitalizations have oscillated over the last six weeks. They have not eclipsed 16 during this period.
  • Recent High: 43 on Jan. 14
  • Recent Low: 7 on Feb. 26
  • Overall High: 49 on May 13, 2020
  • Overall Low: 4 on Aug. 24, 2020

Positivity Rate

  • Currently: 7.17 percent
  • Trend: Up by .07 percentage points
  • Comments: After a months-long decline, the positivity rate has climbed for six straight weeks. The percent positivity reached 7.47 last Thursday. That was the highest since Jan. 24.
  • Recent High: 10.4 percent on Jan. 3
  • Recent Low: 4.06 percent on Feb. 26
  • Overall High: 28.16 percent on April 16, 2020
  • Overall Low: 2.29 percent on Aug. 16, 2020

Total Cases And Deaths

Anne Arundel County's 40,489 coronavirus infections are the fifth most in the state. The virus is blamed for the death of 562 county residents.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patch Field Editor Elizabeth Janney contributed to this story.


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