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 1,198 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the largest amount since the state’s caseload grew by 1,288 on July 25.

This is also the second day that Maryland has recorded at least 1,000 new cases, after the state reported exactly 1,000 additional cases on Wednesday.

Maryland has recorded 6,577 positive coronavirus cases since last Thursday, Oct. 29, and 66,598 negative results in that same period.

Over the last seven days, an average of 4.21 percent of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive. That is up 0.69 percentage points from the seven-day average rate of 3.52 percent last Thursday.

As the rate of positive tests continues to rise, some local jurisdictions are reinstating restrictions.

Baltimore County was slated to reopen four schools for severely disabled students on Nov. 16, but the school system announced Wednesday that they were postponing those plans due to the county’s rising COVID-19 positivity rate.

Also on Wednesday, Anne Arundel County’s school board voted for school instruction to remain virtual through at least the first semester, citing coronavirus health metrics.

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich proposed reinstating some coronavirus restrictions for his county, including heightening limitations on social gatherings and capacities at fitness centers, food establishments, museums, galleries, stories and places of worship.

Starting at 11 a.m. today, the Montgomery County Council began holding a public hearing on the issue. If the council approves Elrich’s order, it is set to go into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 149,964 Marylanders have tested positive for coronavirus, while 1,840,059 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state has completed 3,552,331 coronavirus tests to date, with 191,050 test results reported in the past seven days.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 17,435 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point. There are currently 588 Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus, including 431 in acute care and 157 in intensive care.

Maryland has hospitalized 464 people for coronavirus in the past seven days, and the number of people currently hospitalized is up by 86 patients from 502 last Thursday.

A total of 4,035 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 55 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 33,821 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County (+1,021 since last Thursday); 26,777 in Montgomery County (+1,085); 21,795 in Baltimore County (+1,125); 18,610 in Baltimore City (+836); 12,653 in Anne Arundel County (+613); 6,132 in Howard County (+238); 5,030 in Frederick County (+244); 3,873 in Harford County (+261); 3,324 in Charles County (+137); 2,628 in Wicomico County (+109); 2,479 in Washington County (+175); 2,364 in Carroll County (+106); 1,529 in St. Mary’s County (+32); 1,427 in Cecil County (+73); 1,258 in Worcester County (+38); 1,243 in Calvert County (+55); 923 in Allegany County (+230); 839 in Dorchester County (+42); 822 in Queen Anne’s County (+38); 772 in Caroline County (+22); 668 in Talbot County (+17); 476 in Somerset County (+49); 353 in Kent County (+10); and 168 in Garrett County (+21), according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 5,951 are people age 9 or younger (+340 since last Thursday); 13,205 are people ages 10-19 (+604); 28,429 are people ages 20-29 (+1,267); 27,036 are people ages 30-39 (+1,241); 23,754 are people ages 40-49 (+1,033); 21,817 are people ages 50-59 (+951); 14,666 are people ages 60-69 (+620); 8,563 are people ages 70-79 (+331); and 6,543 are people age 80 or older (+190).

Maryland has identified 78,914 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 71,050 as male–which increased by 3,431 and 3,146, respectively, since last Thursday.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 46,059 are Black (+1,770 since last Thursday), 31,433 are Hispanic (+1,178), 40,546 are white (+2,434), 2,880 are Asian (+130), 6,994 are another race (+314), and data is not available for the remaining 22,052 (+751).

Nationwide, there have been at least 9,492,599 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States (+631,392 since last Thursday), including at least 233,777 deaths (+6,071) and 3,743,527 recoveries (+225,387). The U.S. has conducted more than 150.9 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...