Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations decrease for sixth day

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The number of Marylanders hospitalized from coronavirus has decreased for the sixth consecutive day, state data show.

After rising to 1,338 on May 27, COVID-19 hospitalizations are now at 1,148 as of Tuesday morning.

At least 54,175 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 261,640 have tested negative. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 848, an increase of about 1.6 percent.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 8,957 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including the 1,148 who are currently hospitalized. Of those, 667 are in acute care and 481 are in intensive care.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units increased slightly from 479 yesterday to 481 today. Before that, the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care decreased for five days.

Maryland has conducted at least 366,331 tests to date, with 8,786 of those test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Of the state’s total completed tests, about 10.5 percent have come back positive–down about 0.3 percentage points since Monday.

Gov. Larry Hogan last week said state officials are monitoring the state’s seven-day rolling positivity rate, in addition to coronavirus-related hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions that they were already examining to reopen parts of the state.

Public health experts recommend a positive test rate of 10 percent or lower. If a higher percentage of tests is comes back positive, more tests need to be conducted to capture the full spread of the disease.

As of Tuesday, 17 jurisdictions have rates below that recommendation: Allegany, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

The other seven jurisdictions–Anne Arundel, Cecil, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties and Baltimore City–remain at or above that mark.

A total of 2,474 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 43 additional deaths since Monday. There are also 123 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 15,553 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 11,731 in Montgomery County; 6,385 in Baltimore County; 5,688 in Baltimore City; 3,924 in Anne Arundel County; 1,975 in Howard County; 1,961 in Frederick County; 1,133 in Charles County; 955 in Wicomico County; 927 in Carroll County; 891 in Harford County; 518 in St. Mary’s County; 480 in Washington County; 377 in Cecil County; 352 in Calvert County; 263 in Caroline County; 217 in Worcester County; 181 in Allegany County; 174 in Kent County; 161 in Queen Anne’s County; 144 in Dorchester County; 101 in Talbot County; 74 in Somerset County; and 10 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 1,343 have been people age 9 or younger; 2,403 have been people ages 10-19; 7,499 have been people ages 20-29; 10,085 have been people ages 30-39; 9,734 have been people ages 40-49; 8,793 have been people ages 50-59; 6,357 have been people ages 60-69; 4,080 have been people ages 70-79; and 3,881 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 28,225 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 25,950 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 15,631 have been black, 13,901 have been Hispanic, 10,603 have been white, 1,024 have been Asian, 2,725 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 10,291.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,811,277 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 105,147 deaths and 458,231 recoveries. More than 17.3 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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