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.

The number of Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus and the seven-day average positive test rate on Thursday both continued to decrease.

This comes one day after Gov. Larry Hogan announced that Maryland was lifting its mask requirement for outdoors in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Thursday morning, there are 1,080 Marylanders hospitalized with COVID-19, with 13 fewer current coronavirus patients than on Wednesday.

Of those currently hospitalized, 813 are in acute care and 267 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by eight to 813 patients, while the number of intensive care patients declined by five to 267 patients.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 41,328 people with COVID-19 to date.

At least 446,459 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 3,331,763 have tested negative as of Thursday 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 966, an increase of about 0.22%.

Maryland has completed 9,653,465 coronavirus tests to date, with 38,844 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 3.77% of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive. That average has been trending downward for about two weeks now.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 4.27% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 3.46% for Marylanders older than 35.

A total of 8,530 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with nine additional deaths reported since Wednesday. There are also 188 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Of the two-dose vaccines, Maryland has administered a total of 2,606,777 first doses and 1,758,310 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, Maryland reported 24,676 newly administered first doses and 33,092 second doses.

Maryland providers have also administered single-dose vaccines to a total of 183,231 people, including 1,649 doses that were reported in the past 24 hours.

A total of 1,941,541 Marylanders have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state data showed on Thursday.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 82,809 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 69,735 in Montgomery County; 63,252 in Baltimore County; 50,772 in Baltimore City; 42,421 in Anne Arundel County; 19,411 in Frederick County; 18,815 in Howard County; 16,036 in Harford County; 14,131 in Washington County; 10,498 in Charles County; 9,081 in Carroll County; 7,424 in Wicomico County; 6,816 in Allegany County; 6,005 in Cecil County; 5,815 in St. Mary’s County; 4,139 in Calvert County; 3,553 in Worcester County; 2,914 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,693 in Dorchester County; 2,536 in Somerset County; 2,258 in Caroline County; 2,064 in Talbot County; 1,976 in Garrett County; and 1,305 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 136,394 are Black, 10,794 are Asian, 157,481 are white, 68,005 are Hispanic, 20,852 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,933.

The state has identified 233,388 of the confirmed coronavirus patients as female and 213,071 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 24,484 are people age 9 or younger; 45,402 are people ages 10-19; 81,957 are people ages 20-29; 76,430 are people ages 30-39; 66,775 are people ages 40-49; 66,751 are people ages 50-59; 44,532 are people ages 60-69; 24,504 are people ages 70-79; and 15,624 are people age 80 or older.

Nationwide, there have been at least 32,233,258 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 574,355 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 430.7 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Thursday, 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