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All But Two Maryland Counties Have ‘High’ or ‘Substantial’ COVID Transmission: CDC Data

All but two Maryland counties are in the “substantial” or “high” transmission zone, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC measures community transmission by evaluating metrics including new cases per capita over the past week and the seven-day average testing positivity rate.

The CDC said Carroll and Queen Anne counties had “moderate” community spread as of Sunday, The Baltimore Sun reported. It is interesting to note neither moderate counties’ have instituted indoor mask mandates, though about 59% of Carroll County and 53.5% of Queen Anne County residents have been fully vaccinated.

However, Neil Sehgal, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, said Carroll and Queen Anne counties are likely to “tip over into the substantial transmission over the next couple of days.”

The high or substantial community transmission status of the overwhelming majority of local jurisdictions in Maryland comes as the state inches closer to having 60% of its eligible population fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Coronavirus infections and hospitalizations in the state have risen over the past month largely due to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health.

“This is a reason for some concern,” said Dr. Eric Toner, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, The Sun reported. “It’s not yet at a crisis level, but it’s a very substantial increase over just a few weeks ago.”

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