DORCHESTER COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Dorchester County has recently seen a rise in its COVID-19 positivity rate, which officials said could potentially be linked to local crab picking houses.

The positivity rate in Dorchester County is 7.27 percent. The increase is potentially linked to local crab picking houses, where widespread testing is underway, officials said.

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Maryland recorded more than 900 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the state’s total to nearly 82,000, data from the Maryland Department of Health shows.


As of Friday, 81,766 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, up 930 from Thursday.

A dozen new deaths have also been reported, bringing the state’s total to 3,293. Hospitalizations, however, remain nearly flat.

More than one million Marylanders — 1,040,442 — have been tested for COVID-19.

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Comments (5)
  1. King Julian says:

    how many of the of the 1,040,442 are repeat test on the same people who have been tested

    1. Trump never said the rate was dependent on the number of tests, he claimed the increased number of cases was caused by increased testing. CNBC, CNN, and other sites quoted him as Tweeting “Cases are going up in the U.S. because we are testing far more than any other country, and ever expanding.”

      This can be true, as we see here in Maryland. 22,000 more tests were performed, cases went up by 694, and the positivity rate decreased to 4.47%. That is exactly how testing shows increased cases just by performing more tests, while the rate of infection is unchanged — or in our case, drops.

      As you know perfectly well, no President has the authority to set national policy on States’ prerogatives. If Florida and Texas want to open too fast, the President can’t countermand them. If New York wants to send COVID-19 patients into the nursing homes to kill thousands of the patients, the President can’t countermand the stupidity.

      Korea did a lot of things the government in this country can’t do. It’s useless and pointless to compare the two. Unless you’d like to override the US Constitution.

  2. chrissfarmer says:

    You are falling for Trump’s ignorance, the positivity rate has NOTHING to do with how many tests are run, it is what percentage of the population tests positive for the virus. When rates go up, it spreads faster and more people will die. It’s a simple concept.

    Run a billion or a thousand tests and you get the same positivity rate. For every 100 people tested, 7 of them test positive. Test 1000 and 70 will test positive. Test 1000 Canadians and only 30 will test positive. If you are negative today, you can test positive in a week or 2 after exposure.

    In many countries they have done a far better job of testing the population and countries in Europe (where Americans are not welcome) now have positivity rates less than 1%. South Korea tested like crazy early, shut everything down, required masks and got a handle on the disease very early on. Less than 300 Koreans have died, but 148,000 Americans have. We have 6 times their population, so that should be 1800 dead here- you do the math. (and Trump saying we out-tested South Korea was a lie.) You have to remember Trump lies and spreads mi information about COVID all the time & has banned the medical experts from the briefings as they say stuff that contradicts his lies. Hey just drink some bleach and that’ll cure it!

    Donald Trump has failed us horribly and COVID is still on the rise in most states as reopening too soon is disastrous. Less than 10% of Americans have been tested and the delay to get results is over a week in many labs. Obviously some of the people who process the food we eat have the disease and, yes, it can be spread in foods, especially something often processed and eaten cold like crab meat. You want to be safe, support the local watermen by buying live crabs and cook and pick them yourself.

  3. chrissfarmer says:

    “When somebody’s president of the United States, the authority is total,” Trump said at a press briefing Monday when asked about the governors’ plans. “And that’s the way it’s got to to be. It’s total. It’s total. And the governors know that.”

    “You have a couple bands of Democratic governors, but they will agree to it….They will agree to it. But the authority of the president of the United States, having to do with the subject we’re talking about (reopening) , is total.” – Donald J Trump

    I may know it perfectly well, but Trump said it. The US lags far behind other countries in testing as well. You mean………………….TRUMP LIED? You can’t test people when there are not enough tests kits & labs to run them, people can’t wear masks when there aren’t any and you can’t hook people up to nonexistent respirators. If this is all “Obama’s fault”, Trump has had over three years to fix it. Why didn’t he?

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