Baltimore City has tested more than 10 percent of residents for COVID-19

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Baltimore City has tested 10.2 percent of its residents for coronavirus, according to state data.

The city joins seven other Maryland jurisdictions that have completed COVID-19 tests for at least 10 percent of their populations, including Somerset, Washington, Kent, Dorchester, Wicomico, Allegany and Talbot counties.

State health officials on June 18 called on local leaders to ramp up their jurisdictions’ testing efforts to test 10 percent of their populations.

Other than Baltimore City, the four other largest jurisdictions in Maryland–Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties–have not yet met that 10 percent benchmark but have increased their testing volumes.

Prince George’s County, which has consistently recorded the most confirmed coronavirus cases out of any Maryland jurisdiction, has tested 9.3 percent of its residents. Meanwhile, 9.1 percent of Baltimore County has been tested, 8.6 percent of Montgomery County, 8.1 percent of Howard County and 7 percent of Anne Arundel County.

There have been 67,254 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, while 462,059 people have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland has reported 12,536 COVID-19 test results in the past 24 hours. Across Maryland, 644,026 residents have been tested to date.

An average of 4.84 percent of tests reported over the last seven days have come back positive.

Of Maryland’s confirmed coronavirus cases, 10,822 people were hospitalized at some point, including 447 who are currently hospitalized.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations rose slightly on Monday–with one more person hospitalized due to COVID-19 since Sunday–breaking a 32-day streak of declining numbers since reaching 1,338 patients on May 27.

Of the Marylanders who are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 287 are in acute care and 160 are in intensive care. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care has followed a downward trend for about six weeks.

A total of 3,048 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with six additional deaths since Sunday. There are also 127 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 18,505 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 14,675 in Montgomery County; 7,929 in Baltimore County; 7,498 in Baltimore City; 5,092 in Anne Arundel County; 2,527 in Howard County; 2,486 in Frederick County; 1,383 in Charles County; 1,114 in Carroll County; 1,108 in Harford County; 1,062 in Wicomico County; 695 in Washington County; 633 in St. Mary’s County; 478 in Cecil County; 413 in Calvert County; 318 in Caroline County; 286 in Worcester County; 227 in Queen Anne’s County; 204 in Allegany County; 199 in Kent County; 188 in Dorchester County; 136 in Talbot County; 87 in Somerset County; and 11 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 2,006 coronavirus cases in people age 9 or younger; 3,461 in people ages 10-19; 9,917 in people ages 20-29; 12,569 in people ages 30-39; 11,948 in people ages 40-49; 10,587 in people ages 50-59; 7,550 in people ages 60-69; 4,764 in people ages 70-79; and 4,452 in people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 34,869 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 32,385 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, 19,191 have been Black, 18,127 have been Hispanic, 13,159 have been white, 1,301 have been Asian, 3,317 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 12,159.

Nationwide, there have been at least 2,549,629 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 125,808 deaths and 685,164 recoveries. More than 30.9 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Monday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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