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Baltimore Seeing “Significant Increase” In COVID-19 Positivity Rates

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City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa said Baltimore has seen a significant increase in COVID-19 positivity rates so far this month.  

The latest seven-day average is 4.4%. 

“That is concerning given that probably back in September, we were around two and a half percent,” Dzirasa said at a press conference. 

The city is still meeting its goal of maintaining a positivity rate below 5%. 

As of this morning, she said, Baltimore’s COVID cases increased by about 83% over the past four weeks. 

Dzirasa also said there hasn’t been a decline in positivity rates or deaths over the past 14 days. 

She urged people to be especially careful as the holidays approach.  

“I know that we are all experiencing a bit of COVID fatigue. I also know how important it is to gather with your family,” she said. “But try to think of creative ways to still see your family -- maybe it’s virtual, it’s online or having that family call -- as opposed to meeting in person.” 

The U.S. reached a record number of at least 83,010 new daily cases on Oct. 23, according to the COVID Tracking Project. 

Sarah Y. Kim is WYPR’s health and housing reporter. Kim is WYPR's Report for America corps member, and Anthony Brandon Fellow. Kim joined WYPR as a 2020-2021 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. Now in her second year as an RFA corps member, Kim is based in Baltimore City.