Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County sees COVID transmission levels go from medium to high

Posted at 10:49 AM, May 27, 2022

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County Health Departments are warning of increased community COVID-19 transmission levels.

On Thursday evening, the CDC reportedly changed the city's status from medium to high.

New data shows there are 283 cases per 100,000 people in the Baltimore region over the last seven days.

COVID-19 transmissions elevated in Baltimore area

Over in Anne Arundel County, there are 35 cases per 100,000 people per day.

Hospitalizations also grew to 11.8 admissions per 100,000 cases in both jurisdictions.

Baltimore City Commissioner of Health Dr. Letitia Dzirasa recently urged City residents – regardless of vaccination status – to mask in public indoor settings.

“The most important thing to remember is that we have the tools to fight this,” Dr. Dzirasa said.  “Vaccines, tests, and masks coupled with a solid hygiene routine are enough to keep many healthy people out of the hospital as we work to determine whether we are at the end, middle, or launch point of this surge in cases.”

Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman echoed that.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone wear a mask while in public indoor settings and on public transportation when we are at a high community level,”

As of Friday, the statewide positivity rate sits at 8.55 percent with 508 people currently hospitalized.