Coronavirus weekly recap: Positivity rate up, hospitalizations up, Oct. 9 – 15

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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 has recorded 4,123 positive coronavirus cases since last Thursday, Oct. 8, and 70,413 negative results in that same period.

Over the last seven days, an average of 3.08 percent of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive. That is up 0.29 percentage points from the seven-day average rate of 2.79 percent last Thursday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 133,548 Marylanders have tested positive for coronavirus, while 1,637,287 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state has completed 2,985,460 coronavirus tests to date, with 156,037 test results reported in the past seven days.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 16,255 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point. There are currently 412 Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus, including 303 in acute care and 109 in intensive care.

Maryland has hospitalized 357 people for coronavirus in the past seven days, and the number of people currently hospitalized is up by nine patients from 403 last Thursday.

On Wednesday, Maryland had 417 people hospitalized with coronavirus, the highest amount since the state’s hospitalizations reached 432 on Aug. 26.

A total of 3,883 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 45 additional deaths reported since last Thursday.

There are also 145 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 31,102 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County (+756 since last Thursday); 24,015 in Montgomery County (+722); 19,275 in Baltimore County (+607); 16,647 in Baltimore City (+384); 11,053 in Anne Arundel County (+481); 5,508 in Howard County (+186); 4,436 in Frederick County (+157); 3,335 in Harford County (+128); 2,983 in Charles County (+95); 2,259 in Wicomico County (+102); 2,108 in Carroll County (+65); 2,054 in Washington County (+128); 1,382 in St. Mary’s County (+19); 1,192 in Cecil County (+53); 1,151 in Worcester County (+39); 1,082 in Calvert County (+41); 714 in Queen Anne’s County (+23); 688 in Caroline County (+14); 653 in Dorchester County (+31); 596 in Talbot County (+12); 538 in Allegany County (+34); 363 in Somerset County (+34); 326 in Kent County (+10); and 88 in Garrett County (+12), according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 5,104 are people age 9 or younger (+218) since last Thursday); 11,662 are people ages 10-19 (+463); 25,277 are people ages 20-29 (+753); 23,966 are people ages 30-39 (+707); 21,175 are people ages 40-49 (+587); 19,463 are people ages 50-59 (+610); 13,076 are people ages 60-69 (+450); 7,725 are people ages 70-79 (+218); and 6,100 are people age 80 or older (+117).

Maryland has identified 70,407 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 63,141 as male–which increased by 2,178 and 1,945, respectively, since last Thursday.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 41,767 are Black (+1,130 since last Thursday), 28,418 are Hispanic (+755) , 34,640 are white (+1,520), 2,556 are Asian (+100), 6,198 are another race (+241), and data is not available for the remaining 19,969 (+377).

Nationwide, there have been at least 7,917,389 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States (+362,955 since last Thursday), including at least 216,933 deaths (+5,028) and 3,155,794 recoveries (155,899). More than 118.3 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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