Many counties in Maryland are experiencing high community levels of COVID-19

Daily Covid-19 cases have remained fairly consistent throughout the summer in the DC area, but some counties are starting to see high levels of COVID-19 in the community.

Although daily COVID-19 cases were fairly consistent in the DC area early in the summer, some counties are starting to see their community infection levels rise.

Community levels are a metric used by the Centers for Disease Control based on new COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions, and hospital beds used. Being aware of community levels helps residents know when it’s time to take action to protect themselves and help prevent further spread of the virus.

According to the most recent data, most suburban Maryland counties in our region have crossed the threshold for high community levels of COVID-19. These include Montgomery, Prince Georges, Charles and Howard counties.



Anne Arundel, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties remain at average community levels of COVID-19, along with DC and Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria counties in Virginia.

Loudoun County in Virginia remains the only county in the region to maintain a low community level.

Here’s a look at COVID-19 community levels for counties around DC based on CDC data, which is uploaded weekly. The most recent data is from August 4.

washington d.c.

Level: Medium
Case rate per 100,000 inhabitants: 155.01
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 10.2
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 5.8%

Virginia

Arlington County
Level: Medium
Case rate per 100,000 inhabitants: 316.4
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 6.6
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 4.9%

Fairfax County
Level: Medium
Case rate per 100,000 population 206.36
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 6.6
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 4.9%

Loudoun County
Level: Down
Case rate per 100,000 inhabitants: 191.29
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 6.6
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 4.9%

Prince William County
Level: Medium
Case rate per 100,000 inhabitants: 237.28
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 3
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 3.9%

Maryland

Montgomery County
Level: High
Case rate per 100,000 inhabitants: 218.33
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 10.2
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 5.8%

Prince George’s County
Level: High
Case rate per 100,000 inhabitants: 238.31
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 10.2
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 5.8%

Howard County
Level: High
Case rate per 100,000 inhabitants: 201.42
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 11.9
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 5.7%

Charles County
Level: High
Case rate per 100,000 inhabitants: 229.7
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 10.2
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 5.8%

Anne Arundel County
Level: Medium
Case rate per 100,000 inhabitants: 164.18
New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000: 11.9
% of inpatient beds staffed and used by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 5.7%

Deaths still remain a fraction of the spikes we saw in the region last winter.

DC has averaged one death per day over the past week, while Maryland hovers around four deaths per day.

Virginia saw an uptick of 19 deaths per day, but that’s still only a fraction of this year’s February peak of around 139 deaths per day.

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