COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland at lowest point since April

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The number of Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus is the lowest it has been in more than a month, as hospitalizations decreased for the sixth consecutive day, state data show.

On Saturday, 1,500 Marylanders were hospitalized due to COVID-19. That decreased to 1,460 on Sunday, 1,447 on Monday, 1,421 on Tuesday, 1,410 on Wednesday, 1,374 on Thursday, and 1,329 on Friday, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations haven’t been lower than today’s count since April 19, when there were 1,289 people hospitalized due to COVID-19.

At least 44,424 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 183,478 have tested negative as of Friday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 893, an increase of 2 percent.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 7,634 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including the 1,329 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those currently hospitalized, 823 are in acute care and 506 are in intensive care.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units in Maryland has decreased or remained steady for seven days. On May 15 and May 16, there were 598 coronavirus patients in intensive care units. The number of patients in intensive care decreased to 562 on May 17, 555 on May 18, and 537 on May 19. The number of intensive care patients continued to decrease to 526 on May 21, and to 506 today.

A total of 2,092 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 47 additional deaths since Thursday. There are also 115 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus, 

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 13,077 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 9,432 in Montgomery County; 5,170 in Baltimore County; 4,492 in Baltimore City; 3,207 in Anne Arundel County; 1,625 in Frederick County; 1,586 in Howard County; 956 in Charles County; 854 in Wicomico County; 755 in Carroll County; 746 in Harford County; 389 in Washington County; 370 in St. Mary’s County; 339 in Cecil County; 291 in Calvert County; 223 in Caroline County; 180 in Worcester County; 168 in Allegany County; 146 in Kent County; 141 in Queen Anne’s County; 126 in Dorchester County; 73 in Talbot County; 71 in Somerset County; and seven in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 956 have been people age 9 or younger; 1,785 have been people ages 10-19; 5,967 have been people ages 20-29; 8,189 have been people ages 30-39; 8,052 have been people ages 40-49; 7,392 have been people ages 50-59; 5,336 have been people ages 60-69; 3,498 have been people ages 70-79; and 3,249 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 23,141 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 21,283 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 13,320 have been black, 10,726 have been Hispanic, 8,897 have been white, 855 have been Asian, 2,187 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 8,439.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,577,758 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 94,729 deaths and 298,418 recoveries. More than 13 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle


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