Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Maryland have seen at least 191 additional resident die from COVID-19 in the past week, accounting for more than half of the state’s coronavirus-related deaths in that period, state data show.
A total of 1,694 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 51 additional deaths since Tuesday. There are also 115 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.
Since last Wednesday, health officials confirmed 356 deaths from coronavirus, with 191 of those being residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes. One staff member at those facilities has also died in the past week, according to the congregate facility section of the dashboard, which is updated every Wednesday.
To date, those facilities have recorded at least 5,329 resident cases, 983 resident deaths, 2,209 staff cases and 12 staff deaths.
An additional three inmates died in the past week at state and local congregate facilities, such as correctional facilities and detention centers.
To date, those facilities have recorded 158 staff cases, no staff deaths, 248 inmate cases, five inmate deaths, 76 patient cases, one patient death, and 11 youth cases and no youth deaths.
At least 34,812 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 138,762 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 751, an increase of 2.2 percent.
Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 6,404 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,550 who are currently hospitalized.
Of those currently hospitalized, 978 are in acute care and 572 are in intensive care.
The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 has remained relatively steady for about two weeks
The number of intensive care admissions has generally hovered between 500 and 600 for more than three weeks, other than an increase to 611 on Sunday.
Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to address the first stage of the Maryland’s recovery during a press conference at 5 p.m. today.
Hogan has said that the state could potentially begin the first recovery stage as early as this week if the rate of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and intensive care admissions for COVID-19 continued to plateau or decline without any large spikes in the data.
The first stage of the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” plan would lift the stay-at-home order and allow some businesses to reopen.
Hogan has already permitted some of the measures included in the first recovery stage, including allowing people to resume certain “lower risk” outdoor activities and allowing hospitals and health care providers to conduct elective medical procedures and appointments.
But Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said executives from the “Big Eight” jurisdictions–Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties–do not feel it’s safe to start reopening yet.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 10,072 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 7,283 in Montgomery County; 4,160 in Baltimore County; 3,476 in Baltimore City; 2,596 in Anne Arundel County; 1,302 in Frederick County; 1,258 in Howard County; 778 in Charles County; 738 in Wicomico County; 629 in Harford County; 595 in Carroll County; 287 in Washington County; 271 in Cecil County; 254 in St. Mary’s County; 214 in Calvert County; 177 in Caroline County; 149 in Allegany County; 125 in Worcester County; 123 in Kent County; 104 in Queen Anne’s County; 102 in Dorchester County; 62 in Talbot County; 51 in Somerset County; and six in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.
Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 635 have been people age 9 or younger; 1,238 have been people ages 10-19; 4,517 have been people ages 20-29; 6,236 have been people ages 30-39; 6,282 have been people ages 40-49; 5,898 have been people ages 50-59; 4,394 have been people ages 60-69; 2,912 have been people ages 70-79; and 2,700 have been people age 80 or older.
Maryland has identified 18,212 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 16,600 as male.
Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 11,140 have been black, 7,367 have been white, 7,483 have been Hispanic, 689 have been Asian, 1,703 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 6,430.
Nationwide, there have been at least 1,370,460 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 82,391 deaths and 230,287 recoveries. More than 9.6 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
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