Governors from Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia have joined Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in a bipartisan interstate compact with the Rockefeller Foundation to expand the use of rapid response antigen tests to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The number of new COVID-19 cases that Maryland reports per day has decreased for four consecutive days, state data show.
Maryland has confirmed at least 91,854 coronavirus cases, while 880,492 people have tested negative as of Tuesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Maryland decreased slightly by five patients on Monday after dropping by 39 patients on Sunday, according to data that the state released today.
Before that, the number of Marylanders hospitalized due to COVID-19 had been rising for about three weeks, and the state still has over 100 more coronavirus patients than it did a month ago.
Goucher College will conduct the upcoming fall semester entirely online, the college’s president Kent Devereaux announced on Friday, citing recent increases in some of the state’s coronavirus metrics.
“The Fall Reopening Task Force explored many options before coming to this difficult, but necessary decision,” Devereaux said in a statement. “We all want to be living and learning together as a community, as is the Goucher tradition. However, we cannot ignore the scientific data that has guided us throughout this process.”
Maryland reported an additional 1,169 coronavirus cases on Friday, the third time this month the state has recorded a single-day total above 1,000 cases, according to data that the state released today.
Health officials reported 1,291 new cases on July 25 and 1,130 new cases on July 27.
The number of new cases reported has increased for three straight days. After reporting 648 new cases on Tuesday, the state reported 761 cases on Wednesday, 892 on Thursday, and 1,169 today.
Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, director of Baltimore County’s health department, has tested positive for coronavirus but will continue working from home, officials said.
Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations increased to 585 on Thursday, with 446 patients in acute care and 139 patients in intensive care, state data show.
The number of COVID-19 patients in acute care increased by 20 while intensive care patients decreased by six, for a net increase of 14 more people hospitalized due to the disease since Wednesday.
With coronavirus-related hospitalizations on the rise in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday paused the state’s recovery plan and expanded the requirements on when residents must wear a mask to slow the spread of the disease.
Effective Friday, Marylanders will be required to wear masks inside all businesses and public buildings, and anytime they are outdoors and social distancing is not possible, Hogan said.
Maryland Democratic Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin are renewing their call for Congress to honor abolitionist and Marylander Harriet Tubman with a statue inside the U.S. Capitol Building.
There have been 27 more Marylanders hospitalized with coronavirus since Tuesday, bringing the total number of current hospitalizations to 571, state data show.
The state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen to their highest point in more than a month, dating back to when there were 602 patients on June 22.
While patients in acute care grew by 32 since Tuesday, the number of people in intensive actually decreased by five. Overall, 426 patients are currently in acute care and 145 are in intensive care.