Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care admissions show small decreases

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The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 and the number of coronavirus-related intensive care admissions have both slightly decreased for the past two days, state data show.

But while the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care has remained relatively flat, it has not been below 500 since April 19.

And although the number of hospitalizations has decreased since the beginning of the month, it has not been below 1,500 since April 26.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that Maryland would begin the first stage of its recovery at 5 p.m. on Friday, after he said the state had seen a 14-day plateau or decline in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 and the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care.

At least 35,903 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 142,551 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 1,091, an increase of 3.1 percent.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 6,553 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,538 who are currently hospitalized.

Total hospitalizations have been decreasing overall since last Wednesday, including a large decline from Sunday to Monday, followed by a smaller increase from Monday to Tuesday. The hospitalization rate has continued to decline since Tuesday.

However, a growing number of people have been newly hospitalized for COVID-19 over the past two days.

Of those currently hospitalized, 978 are in acute care and 569 are in intensive care. There have been 2,569 people who isolated and were eventually released.

A total of 1,748 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 54 additional deaths since Wednesday. There are also 118 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Among nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Maryland, there have been at least 5,329 resident cases, 984 resident deaths, 2,209 staff cases and 11 staff deaths.

In state and local congregate facilities, such as prisons and detention centers, there have been 335 staff cases, no staff deaths, 80 inmate cases, five inmate deaths, 78 patient cases, one patient death, and no youth cases or youth deaths.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 10,449 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 7,548 in Montgomery County; 4,290 in Baltimore County; 3,505 in Baltimore City; 2,661 in Anne Arundel County; 1,325 in Frederick County; 1,285 in Howard County; 796 in Charles County; 754 in Wicomico County; 663 in Harford County; 619 in Carroll County; 305 in Washington County; 291 in Cecil County; 271 in St. Mary’s County; 225 in Calvert County; 183 in Caroline County; 150 in Allegany County; 127 in Worcester County; 125 in Kent County; 106 in Queen Anne’s County; 104 in Dorchester County; 64 in Talbot County; 51 in Somerset County; and six in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 671 have been people age 9 or younger; 1,299 have been people ages 10-19; 4,685 have been people ages 20-29; 6,475 have been people ages 30-39; 6,440 have been people ages 40-49; 6,033 have been people ages 50-59; 4,487 have been people ages 60-69; 3,004 have been people ages 70-79; and 2,809 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 18,780 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 17,123 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 11,328 have been black, 7,479 have been white, 7,864 have been Hispanic, 703 have been Asian, 1,708 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 6,821.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,391,238 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 84,144 deaths and 243,430 recoveries. More than 9.9 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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