Howard County tightens restrictions on family gatherings

Howard County is taking a different approach than other local jurisdictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases, asking residents to limit family gatherings while leaving businesses alone. Howard County and health officials said Monday the county has crossed to the wrong side of the coronavirus data charts. The county's positivity rate just hit 5% and the county's case rate is averaging 19.1 per 100,000 residents. Officials said contact tracing shows transmission from family or close friends is responsible for much of the caseload.