Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations decrease after three-day uptick

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Maryland’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have begun to decrease once again after increasing slightly for three consecutive days this week, state data show.

The number of hospital patients being treated for COVID-19 in Maryland has fluctuated this week after previously declining for 32 straight days.

Hospitalizations fell from 1,338 on May 27 to 446 on June 28. Then the number of patients rose by one on Monday, five on Tuesday, and nine on Wednesday before decreasing by 20 today–dipping to 441 patients, the lowest point since the beginning of April.

At least 68,423 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 484,752 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 10,939 Marylanders have been hospitalized at some point due to COVID-19. Of the 441 patients who are currently hospitalized for coronavirus, 292 are in acute care and 149 are in intensive care.

Maryland has conducted 675,929 coronavirus tests since the beginning of the pandemic, including 13,663 test results that were reported in the past 24 hours.

An average of 4.76 percent of tests over the past seven days have come back positive for COVID-19.

An additional nine Marylanders have died from COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 3,086 coronavirus-related deaths. There are also 126 Marylanders whose deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 18,731 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 14,899 in Montgomery County; 8,105 in Baltimore County; 7,701 in Baltimore City; 5,179 in Anne Arundel County; 2,602 in Howard County; 2,501 in Frederick County; 1,416 in Charles County; 1,153 in Harford County; 1,149 in Carroll County; 1,074 in Wicomico County; 687 in Washington County; 646 in St. Mary’s County; 486 in Cecil County; 418 in Calvert County; 321 in Caroline County; 289 in Worcester County; 232 in Queen Anne’s County; 205 in Allegany County; 201 in Kent County; 189 in Dorchester County; 141 in Talbot County; 87 in Somerset County; and 11 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 2,075 have been people age 9 or younger; 3,558 have been people ages 10-19; 10,176 have been people ages 20-29; 12,811 have been people ages 30-39; 12,121 have been people ages 40-49; 10,731 have been people ages 50-59; 7,646 have been people ages 60-69; 4,819 have been people ages 70-79; and 4,486 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 35,467 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 32,956 as male.

Of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maryland, 19,474 have been Black, 18,289 have been Hispanic, 13,380 have been white, 1,314 have been Asian, 3,343 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 12,623.

Nationwide, there have been at least 2,686,928 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 128,064 deaths and 729,994 recoveries. More than 32.8 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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