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PUBLIC HEALTH

53 more Carroll virus cases since Friday

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Carroll County continues its rapid ascent with 53 more since Friday morning.

There were a total of 914 cases in Carroll since the start of the pandemic as of this morning. At least 563 of those infected people have recovered, and six have died.

The number of new cases reported over the weekend was fueled by a spike in testing. There were more than 200 tests completed Friday, according to state data. That's by far the highest one-day testing total for Carroll. Of those tests, 38 were positive for infection.

The county's infection rate is also at an all-time high. On Saturday there had been 238 new confirmed cases in the previous two weeks.

The county's two-week positivity rate has also surpassed 20 percent, which is the threshold at which school districts can request to switch to online classes regardless of the number of absent students. However, local school officials have indicated a commitment to keeping in-person classes.

Carroll's positivity rate is the sixth-highest in the state. Its infection rate per capita is the ninth-highest.

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