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 have decreased for four consecutive days, falling to 457 patients on Friday, state data show.

After the number of Marylanders hospitalized due to COVID-19 reached 534 on Monday, hospitalizations decreased to 529 on Tuesday, 488 on Wednesday, 470 on Thursday and 457 today.

Of those 457 individuals who are currently hospitalized with coronavirus, 350 are in acute care and 107 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients fell by nine while the number of intensive care patients declined by four, marking a net decrease of 13 fewer people hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to Thursday.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 13,508 people with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

At least 98,875 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,011,398 have tested negative as of Friday 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 715, an increase of about 0.73 percent.

Maryland has completed a total of 1,557,609 coronavirus tests to date, with 29,842 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 3.63 percent of COVID-19 tests came back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests on Thursday was 4.59 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 3.11 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

A total of 3,495 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 12 additional deaths reported since Thursday. There are also 136 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 24,442 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 18,819 in Montgomery County; 13,699 in Baltimore County; 13,210 in Baltimore City; 7,564 in Anne Arundel County; 4,009 in Howard County; 3,173 in Frederick County; 2,119 in Charles County; 2,085 in Harford County; 1,596 in Carroll County; 1,381 in Wicomico County; 1,090 in Washington County; 1,039 in St. Mary’s County; 725 in Calvert County; 719 in Cecil County; 710 in Worcester County; 468 in Queen Anne’s County; 457 in Caroline County; 412 in Talbot County; 394 in Dorchester County; 326 Allegany County; 242 in Kent County; 142 in Somerset County; and 54 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 3,453 have been people age 9 or younger; 6,616 have been people ages 10-19; 17,470 have been people ages 20-29; 18,545 have been people ages 30-39; 16,516 have been people ages 40-49; 14,690 have been people ages 50-59; 10,071 have been people ages 60-69; 6,195 have been people ages 70-79; and 5,319 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 52,119 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 46,756 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 31,356 have been Black, 24,465 have been Hispanic, 21,800 have been white, 1,805 have been Asian, 4,338 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 15,111.

Nationwide, there have been at least 5,255,234 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 167,253 deaths and 1,774,648 recoveries. More than 64.8 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.

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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