Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations decrease for sixth straight day

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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.

The number of Marylanders hospitalized for COVID-19 declined for the sixth straight day on Monday, and the state’s number of coronavirus-related intensive care admissions has remained fairly steady for at least a week despite an uptick over the weekend, state data show.

At least 33,373 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 131,407 have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Among the people who have tested positive, 6,183 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,544 who are currently hospitalized.

The people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Maryland decreased by 96 people, or almost 5.9 percent, since Sunday. Of those currently hospitalized, 959 are in acute care and 585 are in intensive care.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care increased by 36 from Saturday to Sunday, but decreased by 26 people on Monday. Sunday saw 611 patients in intensive care units, marking the first time the number of coronavirus-related intensive care admissions rose above 600.

Gov. Larry Hogan has said that if the number of hospitalizations and intensive care admissions continue to plateau or decline without any large spikes in those figures, Maryland could begin the first stage of the state’s recovery plan this week.

Under that stage of the plan, the state would lift its stay-at-home order and allow some small businesses to reopen and certain community activities to resume.

A total of 1,573 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 35 additional deaths since Sunday. There are also 110 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 786, an increase of 2.4 percent.

Among nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Maryland, there have been at least 4,323 resident cases, 792 resident deaths, 1,895 staff cases and 11 staff deaths.

In state and local congregate facilities, such as correctional facilities and detention centers, there have been 267 staff cases, no staff deaths, 60 inmate cases, two inmate deaths, 56 patient cases, one patient death, and no youth cases or youth deaths.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 9,687 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 6,909 in Montgomery County; 3,948 in Baltimore County; 3,353 in Baltimore City; 2,492 in Anne Arundel County; 1,267 in Frederick County; 1,223 in Howard County; 756 in Charles County; 690 in Wicomico County; 605 in Harford County; 583 in Carroll County; 283 in Washington County; 267 in Cecil County; 244 in St. Mary’s County; 209 in Calvert County; 167 in Caroline County; 146 in Allegany County; 116 in Kent County; 113 in Worcester County; 100 in Queen Anne’s County; 98 in Dorchester County; 61 in Talbot County; 50 in Somerset County; six in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 570 have been people age 9 or younger; 1,131 have been people ages 10-19; 4,299 have been people ages 20-29; 5,952 have been people ages 30-39; 5,989 have been people ages 40-49; 5,707 have been people ages 50-59; 4,255 have been people ages 60-69; 2,840 have been people ages 70-79; and 2,630 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 17,505 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 15,868 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 10,927 have been black, 7,260 have been white, 7,057 have been Hispanic, 691 have been Asian, 1,387 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 6,051.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,329,885 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 79,531 deaths and 216,169 recoveries. More than 8.9 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Monday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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