HOWARD COUNTY, MD — As of Thursday, Howard County had a 3.46 percent 7-day average positivity rate and has tested 14.6 percent of its population. Howard County Executive Calvin Ball encouraged residents to get tested if they been to a large gathering, returned to an office or may have been exposed, even if they are not displaying symptoms.
“A majority of Howard County residents have already made mask-wearing a best practice and we have been able to keep our numbers relatively low,” Ball said in a statement. “However, Maryland is at a crossroads – we can easily slip back into a serious outbreak situation if we do not remain cautious. After five months of response, it’s clear that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon - this is an ongoing crisis. We must not grow weary; our community health depends on us collectively working together.”
Ball reminded residents that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently expanded the statewide masking order and provided travel recommendations. The expanded masking order takes effect Friday at 5 p.m. and requires face coverings be worn in the public spaces of all businesses across the state and in outdoor public areas where at least 6 feet of physical distancing is not possible.
Hogan also issued a warning for Marylanders to avoid traveling to the following states, unless essential, which have a high coronavirus positivity rate: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas. If a resident must travel to these states, it is recommended that he or she get tested as soon as returning to Maryland and self-quarantine until results are received.