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Garrett County COVID Case Rate Highest in State, Mineral County numbers Spiking

August 24th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Garrett County has Maryland's highest COVID-19 case rate, and one of the state's lowest number of vaccinated residents. Garrett County Health Department Public Information Officer Diane Lee reported Garrett County’s seven-day positivity percentage is 13.85% compared to the state’s 4.89%. The county is also currently third highest at 37.42 for seven-day case rate per 100,000 people, compared to the state average of 16.9. The Cumberland Times News reports in Mineral County,  health Administrator A.Jay Root urged residents Monday to treat the continuing threat of the virus seriously. As of Aug. 11, Root, the county had 23 active cases. But by Monday, that number was 137, Root said, “and we’ve got quite a few more that haven’t made it to the dashboard.” On Tuesday morning, there were 152 confirmed active cases in Mineral County and nearly 11,000 statewide. Mineral County reported an infection rate of 31.37 per 100,000 and 6.20% positivity.