Maryland begins reporting COVID-19 cases by race, state confirms more than 6,100 total cases

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Black people comprise a plurality of Maryland’s confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, as the state began reporting COVID-19 cases and deaths by race on Thursday.

At least 6,185 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 35,344 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 656.

A total of 138 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 14 additional deaths since Wednesday, according to Kata D. Hall, deputy communications director for Gov. Larry Hogan.

Of the 6,185 Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 2,064 are black, 1,540 are white, 122 are Asian, 449 are an other race and data is not available for the remaining 1,354.

Of the Marylanders who have died due COVID-19, 55 were black, 39 were white, six were Asian, three were another race and data is not available for the remaining 21.

Black people comprise 33 percent of Maryland’s confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 40 percent of deaths, while white people comprise about 25 percent of confirmed cases and 28 percent of deaths.

Hogan tweeted that the numbers show “troubling disparities and points to a persistent public health challenge that we must address.”

On Tuesday, Hogan announced that the state would be starting to provide a racial breakdown of cases in its daily reporting. But he cautioned that the data may be incomplete because many COVID-19 tests are processed by out-of-state labs that are not required to keep track of race.

Data is not available for about 22 percent of the confirmed cases and 15 percent of the deaths that have been reported as of Thursday.

The addition of racial data came after Del. Nick Mosby and 80 other state lawmakers advocated for the state to release such information.

The lawmakers also asked the state to report the number of positive and negative COVID-19 cases by the resident’s zip code.

After the release of race-related COVID-19 data on Thursday, Mosby posted on Facebook and Twitter that the state needs to break down racial data by zip code so that local officials can distribute resources to communities that are the most in need of assistance.

“Without racial data disaggregated by zip code, local authorities do not know what areas to target to allocate resources to those communities first,” he wrote. “Every day without the data is a day missed to develop an effective and equitable solution. Release the data!”

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 1,476 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 1,214 in Montgomery County; 979 in Baltimore County; 638 in Baltimore City; 505 in Anne Arundel County; 299 in Howard County; 233 in Frederick County; 203 in Carroll County; 180 in Charles County; 101 in Harford County; 66 in Calvert County; 65 in St. Mary’s County; 60 in Washington County; 54 in Cecil County; 21 in Wicomico County; 17 in Queen Anne’s County; 16 in Worcester County; 13 in Talbot County; 12 in Caroline County; nine in Kent County; eight in Allegany County; seven in Dorchester County; five in Garrett County; and four in Somerset County.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 33 have been people age 9 or younger; 127 have been people ages 10-19; 701 have been people ages 20-29; 1,076 have been people ages 30-39; 1,145 have been people ages 40-49; 1,282 have been people ages 50-59; 913 have been people ages 60-69; 600 have been people ages 70-79; and 308 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 3,320 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 2,865 as male. Of the 138 Marylanders who have died due to COVID-19, 53 were women and 85 were men.

On Wednesday, Maryland’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 1,158–a jump which Gov. Larry Hogan attributed in part to commercial labs clearing their backlog of tests. More than 30 percent of the new cases reported Wednesday were from testing that was conducted in March, Hogan said.

Nationwide, there have been at least 432,438 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 14,808 deaths and 24,213 recoveries, 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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  1. There no reason to report the Virus by Race! It only places another separation between our citizens. Anyone who lives in cities or neighborhoods in close quarters like Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia etc. must take extra precautions.


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