Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decrease

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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.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Maryland are continuing to decline, state data show.

There are currently 470 Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus, including 359 in acute care and 111 in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients fell by 12 while the number of intensive care patients declined by six, marking a net decrease of 18 fewer Marylanders hospitalized due to COVID-19 compared to Wednesday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Maryland has hospitalized a total of 13,463 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized.

At least 98,160 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 996,934 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 776, an increase of about 0.8 percent.

Maryland has completed a total of 1,533,472 coronavirus tests to date, including 29,842 test results that the state reported in past 24 hours.

An average of 3.49 percent of COVID-19 tests over the last seven days have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests on Wednesday was 4.55 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.95 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

The state reported an additional nine deaths due to COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing the total number of fatal cases to 3,483. There are also 137 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 24,301 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 18,752 in Montgomery County; 13,593 in Baltimore County; 13,063 in Baltimore City; 7,528 in Anne Arundel County; 3,967 in Howard County; 3,154 in Frederick County; 2,102 in Charles County; 2,055 in Harford County; 1,583 in Carroll County; 1,374 in Wicomico County; 1,066 in Washington County; 1,022 in St. Mary’s County; 724 in Calvert County; 715 in Cecil County; 707 in Worcester County; 455 in Caroline County; 446 in Queen Anne’s County; 411 in Talbot County; 393 in Dorchester County; 312 Allegany County; 242 in Kent County; 141 in Somerset County; and 54 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for coronavirus, 3,417 have been people age 9 or younger; 6,514 have been people ages 10-19; 17,333 have been people ages 20-29; 18,428 have been people ages 30-39; 16,395 have been people ages 40-49; 14,597 have been people ages 50-59; 10,007 have been people ages 60-69; 6,163 have been people ages 70-79; and 5,306 have been people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 51,750 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 46,410 as male.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 31,067 have been Black, 24,333 have been Hispanic, 21,624 have been white, 1,791 have been Asian, 4,317 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 15,028.

Nationwide, there have been at least 5,201,233 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 166,118 deaths and 1,755,225 recoveries. More than 63.7 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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