Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care patients remain steady

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The number of Marylanders who are hospitalized for coronavirus and the state’s number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care have decreased slightly or remained the same for three straight days, and those figures have held steady for about a week, state data show.

At least 30,485 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 121,702 have tested negative as of Friday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 1,111, an increase of about 3.8 percent.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 5,811 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,674 who are currently hospitalized.

Maryland recorded 1,707 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday and 1,683 on Thursday.

Of those currently hospitalized, 1,103 are in acute care and 571 are in intensive care.

Before today, there were 584 COVID-19 patients in intensive care on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday said that if the number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions continue to plateau or decline without any large spikes in those figures, Maryland could begin the first stage of the state’s recovery plan next week.

Under that stage of the plan, the state would lift its stay-at-home order and allow some small businesses to reopen and certain community activities to resume.

Hogan has already permitted residents to resume some “lower risk” outdoor activities under certain restrictions, and allowed hospitals and healthcare facilities to resume elective procedures and appointments as a precursor to that first stage.

Since April 20, the number of people in intensive care hovered has between 500 and 600, and that figure has stayed between 560 and 590 since May 1.

The number of people currently hospitalized has remained relatively stable for the past 10 days. The highest number of hospitalizations in that period was 1,711 on April 30, while the highest number was 1,635 on May 3.

A total of 1,453 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 52 additional deaths since Thursday. There are also 107 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

There have been 2,041 people who isolated and were eventually released.

Among nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Maryland, there have been at least 4,323 resident cases, 792 resident deaths, 1,895 staff cases and 11 staff deaths.

In state and local congregate facilities, such as correctional facilities and detention centers, there have been 267 staff cases, no staff deaths, 60 inmate cases, two inmate deaths, 56 patient cases, one patient death, and no youth cases or youth deaths.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 8,901 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 6,316 in Montgomery County; 3,763 in Baltimore County; 2,941 in Baltimore City; 2,290 in Anne Arundel County; 1,182 in Frederick County; 1,138 in Howard County; 716 in Charles County; 572 In Harford County; 553 in Wicomico County; 542 in Carroll County; 259 in Washington County; 211 in Cecil County; 207 in St. Mary’s County; 191 in Calvert County; 143 in Allegany County; 107 in Caroline County; 98 each in Kent and Worcester counties; 86 in Dorchester County; 70 in Queen Anne’s County; 55 in Talbot County; 41 in Somerset County; five in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 486 have been people age 9 or younger; 969 have been people ages 10-19; 3,848 have been people ages 20-29; 5,376 have been people ages 30-39; 5,468 have been people ages 40-49; 5,311 have been people ages 50-59; 3,972 have been people ages 60-69; 2,666 have been people ages 70-79; and 2,389 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 16,038 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 14,447 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 10,165 have been black, 6,695 have been white, 6,067 have been Hispanic, 631 have been Asian, 1,107 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 5,820.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,256,972 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 75,670 deaths and 195,036 recoveries. More than 8.1 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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