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Gov. Hogan and five other governors sign pact for 3 million antigen tests

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The BD antigen test delivers results in 15 minutes on a portable instrument. PRNewsfoto/BD (Becton, Dickinson)

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.

Maryland sees four-day decline in newly reported coronavirus cases

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This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

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.

Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations decrease slightly

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

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’s fall classes will be entirely online due to coronavirus

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A view of the campus at Goucher College. Photo by Rob Coyle, via Flickr.

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 reports an additional 1,169 COVID-19 cases

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This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

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.

Baltimore County health director tests positive for COVID-19 but will continue working from home

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Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch shares information about COVID-19 in a YouTube video. Image still via YouTube.

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, director of Baltimore County’s health department, has tested positive for coronavirus but will continue working from home, officials said.

Number of patients in acute care continues to rise, while intensive care cases decline

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

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.

Hogan pauses Maryland’s recovery plan, expands masking order

Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a press conference on July 29. Image via Facebook Live.

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.

Van Hollen, Cardin push to establish Harriet Tubman statue in U.S. Capitol building

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Photo by H. B. Lindsley, via Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons.

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.

Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations increase by 27 patients

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This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

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.

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