Coronavirus recap, Oct. 22 – 29: Cases and hospitalizations rise

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Maryland reported 962 additional coronavirus cases on Thursday, the largest number reported in one day in nearly two months since the state saw its caseload rise by 1,019 cases on Aug. 1, state data show.

The 14-day average number of new coronavirus cases in Maryland has been increasing for the past month, according to the Baltimore Sun‘s data tracker.

Maryland has recorded 5,408 positive coronavirus cases since last Thursday, Oct. 22, and 68,085 negative results in that same period.

Over the last seven days, an average of 3.52 percent of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive. That is up 0.42 percentage points from the seven-day average rate of 3.1 percent last Thursday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 143,387 Marylanders have tested positive for coronavirus, while 1,773,461 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state has completed 3,361,281 coronavirus tests to date, with 191,979 tests reported in the past seven days.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 16,971 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point.

There are currently 502 Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus, the highest number of hospitalizations in about a month and a half since the metric reached 529 on Aug. 11.

Of those currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, 382 are in acute care and 120 are in intensive care.

Maryland has hospitalized 368 people for coronavirus in the past seven days, and the number of people currently hospitalized is up by 44 patients from 458 last Thursday.

Hospitalizations have been trending upward in Maryland for more than a month, since the metric reached a low of 281 on Sept. 20.

A total of 3,980 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 56 additional deaths reported since last Thursday.

There are also 147 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 32,800 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County (+956 since last Thursday); 25,692 in Montgomery County (+920); 20,670 in Baltimore County (+773); 17,774 in Baltimore City (+695); 12,040 in Anne Arundel County (+526); 5,894 in Howard County (+210); 4,786 in Frederick County (+205); 3,612 in Harford County (+130); 3,187 in Charles County (+120); 2,519 in Wicomico County (+122); 2,304 in Washington County (+146); 2,258 in Carroll County (+90); 1,497 in St. Mary’s County (+77); 1,354 in Cecil County (+55); 1,220 in Worcester County (+34); 1,188 in Calvert County (+43); 797 in Dorchester County (+62); 784 in Queen Anne’s County (+41); 750 in Caroline County (+29); 693 in Allegany County (+89); 651 in Talbot County (+20); 427 in Somerset County (+26); 343 in Kent County (+7); and 147 in Garrett County (+32), according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 5,611 cases in people age 9 or younger (+264 since last Thursday); 12,601 in people ages 10-19 (+515); 27,162 in people ages 20-29 (+1,069); 25,795 in people ages 30-39 (+993); 22,721 in people ages 40-49 (+848); 20,866 in people ages 50-59 (+760); 14,046 in people ages 60-69 (+523); 8,232 in people ages 70-79 (+284); and 6,353 in people age 80 or older (+152).

The state has identified 75,483 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 67,904 as male–which increased by 2,784 and 2,624, respectively, since last Thursday.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 44,289 are Black (+1,382 since last Thursday), 30,255 are Hispanic (+1,026), 38,112 are white (+1,905), 2,750 are Asian (+106), 6,680 are another race (+279), and data is not available for the remaining 21,301 (+710).

Nationwide, there have been at least 8,861,207 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States (+518,979 since last Thursday), including at least 227,706 deaths (+5,443) and 3,518,140 recoveries (+194,786). More than 139.5 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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