Maryland confirms 28 new coronavirus cases, brings state total to at least 85

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An additional 28 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Maryland, bringing the statewide total to at least 85 people as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Included in the state’s Wednesday morning count are 31 cases in Montgomery County; 20 in Prince George’s County; 10 in Baltimore County; eight in Howard County, four each in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City; three in Harford County, two in Charles County, and one each in Carroll, Frederick and Talbot counties, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Baltimore City officials said there have been a total of five confirmed coronavirus cases in the city–one more than the state’s count for the city Wednesday morning.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 60 have been people between the ages of 18 and 64, while 25 have been people age 65 and older. No Maryland cases have been people younger than 18, wrote Kata Hall, spokesperson for Gov. Larry Hogan.

Nationwide, there have been at least 6,519 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including at least 115 deaths and 17 recoveries, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Maryland confirmed its first three cases of the coronavirus less than two weeks ago on March 6, at which time Hogan declared a state of emergency.

Since then, Hogan has announced a series of actions his administration is taking to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Hogan postponed the April 28 primary election until June 2. The special election to fill former Rep. Elijah Cummings’ 7th Congressional District seat will go forward on April 28 with a mail-in ballot.

Before that, Hogan on Monday ordered all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms to close. Eateries can still offer carryout and curbside pickup under Hogan’s order.

Also on Monday, Hogan prohibited any events or gatherings with more than 50 people during the state of emergency. He also sought to increase the state’s healthcare capacity by 6,000 beds with the potential opening of closed hospital facilities.

Last Thursday, Hogan’s administration closed all Maryland public schools, activated the National Guard, closed cruise ship access to the Port of Baltimore, suspended visitation at Maryland state prisons, recommended stricter visitation policies at hospitals throughout the state. Hogan also delegated non-essential, non-crisis gubernatorial duties to Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.

Since the closure of schools, the state has opened meal distribution sites throughout Maryland. Those sites can be viewed at mdsummermeals.org.

Baltimore City also posted a map of meal distribution sites specifically within the city, including a list of sites at Baltimore City schools.

A group of Baltimore residents have also created a virtual document in which people can sign up to receive support or volunteer to help those in need of assistance by buying groceries, picking up prescriptions and accomplishing other tasks during the coronavirus pandemic.

As Baltimore bars, restaurants and clubs temporarily close, community members are also creating a “virtual tip jar” to help Baltimore service industry workers during the pandemic.

Marcus Dieterle


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