The information provided in this dashboard represents the best data available to
the Howard County Health Department at the time of reporting. All data is
preliminary and is subject to change based upon additional reporting. To
protect the privacy of impacted individuals, data for zip codes with 10 or
fewer cases is suppressed.
the Howard County Health Department strives for data accuracy, it is important
to note that data about case counts is influenced by multiple factors,
including the availability of testing. Case rates - the number of cases per
10,000 people - provide the most accurate indication of concentration but still
do not accurately reflect the spread of the disease.
Maryland and Howard County, there is evidence of community-spread of
coronavirus and individuals who may have coronavirus may be asymptomatic and
therefore not counted as a case. Every single Howard County resident needs to
continue to practice social distancing, abide by all state and local executive
orders, and follow all other recommendations in order to prevent the spread of
The Coronavirus Information Line will be available from 8:00am-5:00pm - Monday - Friday. Call 410-313-6284 for answers to health and medical questions about Coronavirus.
CDC now has COVID-19 information pages available in four languages—Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Korean—on its website
Graphic available in:
What is Contact Tracing? Why does the Health Department need this information? Who is going to have my information? Will other people be told my health status? The following information will answer these questions.
If you are a health care organization actively treating patients and are in need of PPE, click HERE for the State of Maryland PPE Request form. When completed, send to hocoPPErequests@howardcountymd.gov. (Please understand that not all requests can be accommodated due to limited supply.)
For other organizations in need of PPE, an approved PPE vendor list may be found HERE.
Also, we would like to provide this link to the Maryland Manufacturing Network website. This website has a list of vendors that may provide the PPE needed. We highly recommend using this website for your PPE needs as resources are limited and these manufacturers are local, therefore cutting down on shipping and receiving times.
(This virus can cause either mild illness like a cold or can make people very sick with pneumonia.)
CDC infographic in English or Spanish.
If you have any of the below emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against COVID-19 infection. To help prevent illness from this virus you should:
CDC Stop the Spread of Germs infographic in English, Spanish or Chinese.
The Howard County Health Department does NOT determine testing needs, nor order testing for COVID-19. We offer guidance using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria.
Interactive Map of Maryland COVID-19 Testing Sites
Did you tested positive for COVID-19 and have now recovered from the disease? The Maryland Department of Health's COVIDConnect is a website for sharing information, promoting action and finding support. Click HERE for more.
There is no specific treatment available for COVID-19. However, if you have traveled or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to affected areas and now have a fever and cough or shortness of breath, you should:
If you are sick at home.
CDC Interim Guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Home
People at higher risk include: older adults and people with chronic health conditions (i.e. heart disease, diabetes, lung disease).
For more COVID-19 related videos, visit the HCHD YouTube page