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 on Friday confirmed more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases for the 18th consecutive day.

Before December, the state had only seen 10 other days of the pandemic with a daily number of new cases of 2,000 or more.

At least 246,553 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,387,177 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 2,569, an increase of 1.05%.

Maryland has completed 5,205,154 coronavirus tests to date, with 44,178 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 7.77% of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 8.57% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 7.32% for Marylanders older than 35.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 24,310 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,686 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those currently hospitalized, 1,287 are in acute care and 399 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by 21 while the number of intensive care patients rose by five, marking a net decrease of 16 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Thursday.

A total of 5,188 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 36 additional deaths reported since Thursday. There are also 170 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 49,565 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 41,172 in Montgomery County; 35,283 in Baltimore County; 29,020 in Baltimore City; 21,223 in Anne Arundel County; 10,027 in Howard County; 9,380 in Frederick County; 7,590 in Harford County; 6,457 in Washington County; 5,383 in Charles County; 4,983 in Allegany County; 4,468 in Carroll County; 4,095 in Wicomico County; 3,024 in Cecil County; 2,867 in St. Mary’s County; 1,968 in Calvert County; 1,816 in Worcester County; 1,549 in Somerset County; 1,406 in Queen Anne’s County; 1,258 in Garrett County; 1,212 in Dorchester County; 1,195 in Caroline County; 999 in Talbot County; and 613 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 10,900 are people age 9 or younger; 22,190 are people ages 10-19; 46,145 are people ages 20-29; 43,654 are people ages 30-39; 38,409 are people ages 40-49; 36,720 are people ages 50-59; 24,451 are people ages 60-69; 14,140 are people ages 70-79; and 9,944 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 129,664 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 116,889 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 72,524 are Black, 44,241 are Hispanic, 77,779 are white, 5,001 are Asian, 11,274 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 35,734.

Nationwide, there have been at least 17,215,067 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 310,806 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 224.5 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Friday, 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...