New COVID-19 cases in Maryland hit another single day record of 2,321 on Saturday, beating a single day record of 1,869 the day before.
Over the weekend the state’s infection rate per 100,000 rose from 23.5 to 28.2. And the seven-day positivity rate rose from 5.69 to 6.45 percent, said Kent Health Officer William Webb in an interview on Monday.
While Kent County has the lowest infection rates in the state, the number of infections are creeping up locally, Webb said.
Since Friday, the seven-day positivity rate in Kent edged up from 3.1 to 3.3 percent and the number of cases per 100,000 has gone from 11 to 12.5 percent.
Webb again urged vigilance with social distancing, mask wearing and frequent hand washing. He warned that living in a sparsely populated area does not provide greater protections from catching the virus.
He pointed to rates in Garrett County, where population density is very similar and the infection rate has climbed to 13.8 percent, more than twice the state average. Cases there are 61 per 100,000, which is five times greater than Kent.
Webb will give a COVID-19 report to the Kent County Commissioners at their Tuesday meeting, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.