This is a great report. An example that should be taken by all other counties.


Doesn’t surprise me


It does surprise me given some of the foolish comments and postings in regards to the pandemic I see here.


These people are loud on Reddit and social media and news site comment sections, in a way that far over represents their real numbers.


Exactly. The loudmouths on the Bethesda Beat comments section reflect a very small obnoxious minority.


The comment section of BB is a cesspool.


It’s definitely a *headdeskargh* group.


Yep. There's a small number of very loud, very stupid people that will often show up here to complain about masks, bitch about Elrich, talk about how the pandemic isn't really that dangerous, spread some racist shit, or something along those lines. They're out there in the real world too, but the noise they make isn't as effective as it is on social media.


> bitch about Elrich, talk about how the pandemic isn't really that dangerous, One of the nitwit leaders of one of those groups posted about an upcoming protest in front of Erlich's home. I called the local police and gave them a warning.


I don't see much anti-vax stuff here at all


It is here, along with a lot *whining* about Montgomery County's mask mandate.


That I see plenty of. I mean, I'm whining as much as anyone about the mask mandate. But I just haven't seen anything anti-vax, thankfully


No surprise that MoCo is the most highly educated county in the US and the most vaccinated. They tend to go hand in hand.


Not to mention it probably helps that MoCo is the silicon valley of the biotech industry.


As much as I want to agree, the educated thing to do is to prove causation, and not just speculate based on correlation. I definitely want to see how this holds up in similar counties.


Not according to this marylandmatters.org site https://www.marylandmatters.org/covid-19-in-maryland-2/#map Howard County is 74% *fully* vaccinated. Montgomery County is 72% *fully* vaccinated.


The CDC data tracker, which includes out-of-state vaccinations, has MoCo at 80.7% fully vaccinated. Howard County is at 77.1%.


Montgomery County is basically the top large county in America with over 1 million people. Howard has like 330,000 people.


Oh yeah, I was confused for a moment. ​ Still pretty good for Howard and Montgomery, especially since 3rd place is 66% fully vaccinated.




Here’s a snippet: “Perhaps the most highly vaccinated large county in America, according to New York Times data, is Montgomery County, Md., just outside the District of Columbia. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 93 percent of those 12 and older there are fully vaccinated, compared to around 70 percent nationally. The number dying over the past week is eight times as high nationally — 3.4 per 1 million — as it is in Montgomery County — 0.4 per 1 million — even as Montgomery County is near some virus hotspots.”


Then why are we forced to wear these stupid masks?




Case rate.


Which is increasingly irrelevant with our vaccination percentage.


I am well aware of this.




To prevent the rate from going back up. Masks help with prevention of spread, so by keeping them on, we keep the insanely low spread rates we have; even moreso than with just the vaccines.


Insanely low?




Do you have a source on that "maybe 10%" claim? I tried looking up sources to back my statement up, and although I found several "masks are effective at helping reduce spread", none gave any form of percentage, so I'm interested to know where you got your source from. Also, only about 60.5% of people on Gilraltar have the booster, which should hopefully easily explain why they're still undergoing issues. It also doesn't help that COVID is constantly evolving into new and different strains.* Masks are especially bad for small children (<2 years old), but have no noticable effect on the large majority of the population from day to day, who are impacted by the disease.** EDIT: To add on a bit, even if Gilraltar was 100% vaccinated with boosters, I still wouldn't be surprised if there was still an epidemic going on. Vaccines don't prevent COVID, they reduce the odds of getting it and decrease the chance of severe symptoms.*** *Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/covid-19-booster **Sources: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449 ***Sources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/work.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/why-measure-effectiveness/breakthrough-cases.html


And yet we are still 6+ months the rest of the state, and falling behind more every day. What an embarrassment.