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.

Maryland’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations dropped by 41 patients, the largest one-day change since the metric decreased by the same amount on June 23, state data show.

Hospitalizations decreased from 529 on Tuesday to 488 today, also marking the first time that the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 has fallen below 500 since June 21 when the metric reached 484.

The state has hospitalized a total of 13,348 people with coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of the 488 Marylanders who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 371 are in acute care and 117 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients fell by 37 and the number of intensive care patients declined by four.

At least 97,384 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 981,454 have tested negative as of Wednesday 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 541, an increase of about 0.56 percent.

Maryland has completed a total of 1,503,630 coronavirus tests, with 18,015 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

An average of 3.61 percent of tests over the last seven days came back positive for COVID-19.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests is 4.74 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 3.03 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

Seven more Marylanders have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of fatal cases to 3,474. There are also 138 people whose deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 24,098 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 18,641 in Montgomery County; 13,463 in Baltimore County; 12,991 in Baltimore City; 7,479 in Anne Arundel County; 3,941 in Howard County; 3,118 in Frederick County; 2,084 in Charles County; 2,034 in Harford County; 1,572 in Carroll County; 1,361 in Wicomico County; 1,041 in Washington County; 1,012 in St. Mary’s County; 715 in Calvert County; 714 in Cecil County; 704 in Worcester County; 454 in Caroline County; 440 in Queen Anne’s County; 404 in Talbot County; 378 in Dorchester County; 303 Allegany County; 243 in Kent County; 141 in Somerset County; and 53 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 3,379 cases in people age 9 or younger; 6,428 cases in people ages 10-19; 17,166 cases in people ages 20-29; 18,300 cases in people ages 30-39; 16,270 cases in people ages 40-49; 14,502 cases in people ages 50-59; 9,933 cases in people ages 60-69; 6,120 cases in people ages 70-79; and 5,286 cases in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 51,337 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 46,047 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 30,803 have been Black, 24,200 have been Hispanic, 21,428 have been white, 1,771 have been Asian, 4,290 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 14,892.

Nationwide, there have been at least 5,150,590 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 164,681 deaths and 1,714,960 recoveries. More than 63.2 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 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