Covid-19 Information

Whether you're looking to get tested, vaccinated, or find general information to guide you and your organization, see our resources below for Howard County residents regarding COVID-19.

Check our latest COVID-19 Community Level using the tool below to help guide your daily strategies against the virus.


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Get Vaccinated

Get Tested

COVID-19 Treatment

COVID-19 Dashboard

CARES Act Spending Dashboard

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funding


CDC COVID-19 Community Level

The CDC has developed a framework to monitor the level of COVID-19 in communities that includes hospitalizations, hospital capacity and cases. COVID-19 Community Levels can help communities and individuals make decisions based on their local context and their unique needs. Use the tool below to determine the current community level in Howard County and assess your personal risk and inform any preventative measures that you may decide to take.

CDC COVID Data Tracker


Questions? Contact our COVID-19 Hotline.

If you have a question about COVID-19, please call our COVID-19 Hotline, available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Cases Dashboard

Note: The Howard County COVID-19 Dashboard receives case data from the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). Due to the recent network security issue at MDH, case data is not available at this time. Reporting will resume when the issue is rectified.

CARES Act Spending Dashboard

Additional Information
Outdoor Seating Permits

The emergency legislation suspending some rules regarding outdoor dining expires on November 15, 2021.  At that time, all “OS20” and “OS21” Outdoor Seating permits will expire and become invalid. 

Knowing what a success and welcomed addition the outdoor seating has been to you and your customers, Howard County has developed an expedited process to allow you to request to keep your outdoor restaurant seating.  Those who wish to make their temporary outdoor seating permanent, can do so but must get approval through one of two processes.  Unfortunately, not all outdoor seating arrangements will be able to be approved.  However, those that can be permitted must be approved through one of two processes: either the Simplified Permit Review, or the Permanent Outdoor Seating Review (POSR). (Note: Facilities served by a well and/or an On-site Sewage Disposal System are not eligible for the Simplified Permit Review.)  To see if your outdoor seating can be made permanent and to determine which process you will need to follow go to:

If you have any questions, contact Jill Manion in the Department of Planning & Zoning (DPZ) at [email protected] or 410-313-2350, or Don Mock in the Department of Inspections, Licenses & Permits (DILP) at [email protected] or 410-313-2436.

Take-Out, Farm, & Food Donation Maps

‘HoCo Food Go,’ is a resource which lists and maps different delivery and carryout options for Howard County restaurants. Check out the map here. 

'HoCo Farm Connect' is a resource which lists and maps Howard County farms that are selling produce, dairy, meat and more directly to residents. Check out the map here.

'HoCo Donation Collection' is a tool which lists and maps locations for Howard County residents to drop-off product donations needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.Check out the map here.


What is HoCo Rise?

HoCo RISE is Howard County Executive Calvin Ball’s plan of Reopening Innovatively, Safely, and Effectively within the framework laid out by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. HoCo RISE uses data to inform decision-making around reopening and, if necessary, when to maintain our restrictions: 

  1. The number of new cases. 
  2. The number of new hospitalizations.
  3. The number of patients admitted to ICU.
  4. The number of tests conducted.
  5. The amount of available PPE. 
  6. Surge capacity at Howard County General Hospital (HCGH). 
  7. HoCo RISE follows the Governor’s guidance on the building blocks for reopening 

To view the complete HoCo RISE framework, please click here.  

Howard County is offering HoCo RISE Business Grants funded through its allocation of the CARES Act. To learn more about how to apply and if you're eligible for a business grant, please click here. To see how Howard County has spent its CARES Act funding, please view our new dashboard here.

HoCo RISE Collaborative

County Executive Ball established the collaborative through Executive Order . The HoCo RISE Collaborative is chaired by former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, will be supported by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, and is made up of five independent workgroups that will develop and provide recommendations on the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, including:

  • Jobs and the Economy
  • Education and Workforce Development
  • Public Health Response
  • Family Opportunities
  • Government Response
COVID-19 State Guidance

Maryland resources, data and COVID-19 guidance

Stay Healthy, Howard County video series
Howard County, you've done a great job of managing COVID-19. Our vaccination numbers are the highest in the state. You can keep our community safe by masking indoors when you can't physically distance, especially if you are at risk for COVID complications. If you have symptoms, get tested. If you are sick, isolate. And keep up to date on your vaccines and boosters. Stay healthy, Howard County!

하워드 카운티는 잘 관리했습니다 코비드-19
예방 접종 수치는 주에서 가장 높습니다!
커뮤니티를 안전하게 유지할 수 있습니다 물리적으로 거리를 둘 수 없을 때,
특히 코로나 19 합병증 위험이 있는 경우 실내에서 마스크를 써서
증상이 있는 경우, 검사를 받으세요.
아플 경우 격리하세요.
그리고 백신과 부스터에 대한 최신 정보를 얻으세요. 부스터에
건강하세요, 하워드 카운티!

Howard County, han hecho un gran trabajo con el manejo del COVID-19. El numero de vacunados es de los mas altos del estado. Usted puede continuar a mantener la comunidad a salvo usando mascarilla en interiors donde no pueda mantener fisicamente su distancia social especialmente si tiene riesgos por complicaciones de COVID-19. Si tiene sintomas, hagase la preuba. Si esta enfermo, aislese y mantenga sus vacunas y refuerzos al dia. Mantengase saludable Condado de Howard.

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