Two new COVID-19 deaths reported in Carroll County

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By Carol McIntire

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Carroll County General Health District officials reported two additional COVID-19 -related deaths during a report to county commissioners today.

Director of Nursing Kelly Engelhart said both of the deceased are in the 65-and-over age category.

As of 9:15 this morning, there were 277 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the county and 75 active cases. That is an increase of 57 cases from last Thursday.

Engelhart said there were 340 persons on quarantine or monitoring last week. About 200 dropped off this week. Most of those were related to an exposure at Carrollton High School, she said.

The county saw its biggest spike in cases in October when 120 new cases were reported. Previous to that, the largest increase came in July when 58 cases were reported.

“We continue to see an increase in cases,” Engelhart said. “To put it into perspective, 36 cases is not a lot, but for a population of less than 28,000, it is significant,” she said, adding the department continues to see lots of community spread.

“We continue to encourage people to wear masks and use social distancing,” she said.

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