Friday, February 5, 2021
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Baltimore City on Friday launched an online dashboard charting its COVID-19 vaccination progress.
The dashboard is part of an effort by officials to increase transparency and accountability as they work toward a more equitable rollout.
“To begin addressing this, we just want to start by being transparent about our disparities,” Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said at a City Hall news conference.
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Older adults and caregivers of those who may be eligible for the vaccine are asked to fill out a vaccine interest form. Those without reliable internet access may call Maryland Access Point at 410-396-2273.
“We know that there has been significant interest from our older adults who filled out that form by phone or online,” Dzirasa said.
To date, 38,000 city residents have tested positive and 740 have died. However, the 7-day case average is 155 per day, down 30% from four weeks ago. The positivity rate is 3.5%, down 50% over the same period. Hospitalization rates have decreased slightly but remain high.
“While we understand how deep this issue is, I am proud that we are still seeing a downward trend here in Baltimore,” Mayor Brandon Scott said. “This is a testament to how seriously our residents are taking the pandemic.”
He urged residents to keep the city trending in the right direction by avoiding any 2021 Super Bowl parties.
“As a football fan, I know that the Super Bowl means a lot to all of us. Even though the Ravens aren’t playing and the hated Tom Brady is, we still have to make sure that we are staying safe,” Scott said. “Gathering with people outside of your immediate household for a few hours of fun means weeks of setbacks for our businesses, our restaurants, not to mention the health and well-being of our loved ones and the greater community.”
He said he would consult Dzirasa over the next few days on the future of the city’s current restrictions related to the virus.
Don’t be a clown. Stay at home for the Super Bowl! The decisions you make have an impact on our entire community as we navigate this #COVID19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/BTxZuW34PZ
— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) February 4, 2021
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