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 on Monday recorded the smallest daily total of newly reported COVID-19 cases in 11 months, since state officials reported 272 new confirmed cases on July 6.

At least 453,401 Marylanders have tested positive for coronavirus, while 3,389,496 have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s COVID-19 caseload grew by 276, an increase of about 0.06%.

A total of 8,670 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 10 additional deaths reported since Sunday. There are also 191 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Maryland’s seven-day average rate of positive COVID-19 tests has declined for six straight days, and the metric fell to 3.06% on Monday.

The average yesterday was 3.33% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.86% for Marylanders older than 35.

The state has completed 9,949,896 coronavirus tests to date, with 12,544 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Of the 822 Marylanders currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 606 are in acute care and 216 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients fell by 21 while the number of intensive care patients declined by three, marking a net decrease of 24 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Sunday.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 42,176 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point during the pandemic.

A total of 2,362,515 Marylanders have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state data showed on Monday.

Of the two-dose vaccines, Maryland has administered a total of 2,894,102 first doses and 2,157,668 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, providers have administered 15,112 first doses and 28,912 second doses.

Maryland providers have also administered single-dose vaccines to a total of 204,847 people, including 2,489 doses that were reported in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 83,912 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 70,257 in Montgomery County; 64,579 in Baltimore County; 51,969 in Baltimore City; 43,148 in Anne Arundel County; 19,573 in Frederick County; 19,033 in Howard County; 16,292 in Harford County; 14,368 in Washington County; 10,669 in Charles County; 9,285 in Carroll County; 7,532 in Wicomico County; 6,898 in Allegany County; 6,167 in Cecil County; 5,928 in St. Mary’s County; 4,180 in Calvert County; 3,602 in Worcester County; 2,959 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,758 in Dorchester County; 2,560 in Somerset County; 2,288 in Caroline County; 2,113 in Talbot County; 2,001 in Garrett County; and 1,330 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has identified 236,924 of the confirmed coronavirus patients as female and 216,201 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 139,486 are Black, 10,957 are Asian, 159,930 are white, 68,653 are Hispanic, 21,162 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,937.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 25,172 are people age 9 or younger; 46,427 are people ages 10-19; 83,162 are people ages 20-29; 77,604 are people ages 30-39; 67,642 are people ages 40-49; 67,610 are people ages 50-59; 45,029 are people ages 60-69; 24,742 are people ages 70-79; and 15,737 are people age 80 or older.

Nationwide, there have been at least 32,708,348 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 581,756 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 444.9 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Monday, 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...