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The number of Marylanders hospitalized for COVID-19 has increased for the second day in a row after previously decreasing for nine consecutive days, state data show.

After reaching a high of 1,500 people hospitalized for COVID-19 on May 16, hospitalizations decreased the next nine days, getting as low as 1,279 on May 25. But that decline ended yesterday with 1,315 people hospitalized, which increased again to 1,338 today, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 8,281 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including the 1,338 who are currently hospitalized.

At least 48,423 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 213,632 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 736, an increase of 1.5 percent.

Of those currently hospitalized, 818 are in acute care and 520 are in intensive care.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units has fluctuated over the last week. After dropping from 539 people on May 20 to 503 on May 24, there are 520 as of today.

Maryland lifted its stay-at-home order and began the first stage of the state’s recovery plan on May 15 with 1,496 coronavirus-related hospitalizations and 598 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units. Since then, the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has been 1,500 on May 16, and the highest number of intensive care patients has been 598 on both May 15 and May 16.

Before moving Maryland into the first stage of the state’s recovery plan, Gov. Larry Hogan said he and other state officials were looking for a decline or plateau in the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations, intensive care patients and deaths.

Hogan will provide an update about the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” plan at 5 p.m. today.

A total of 2,270 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 53 additional deaths since Tuesday. There are also 122 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Among nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Maryland, there have been at least 6,394 resident cases, 1,276 resident deaths, 2,921 staff cases and 14 staff deaths.

In the past week, at least 547 additional residents and 447 additional staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, and at least 153 more residents and two more staff members have died from coronavirus, according to the dashboard’s congregate living section, which is updated every Wednesday.

Residents of nursing homes and similar facilities account for 13 percent of the Maryland’s confirmed coronavirus cases and 56 percent of the state’s deaths due to COVID-19.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 14,100 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 10,467 in Montgomery County; 5,562 in Baltimore County; 5,054 in Baltimore City; 3,448 in Anne Arundel County; 1,786 in Frederick County; 1,760 in Howard County; 1,008 in Charles County; 910 in Wicomico County; 817 in Carroll County; 801 in Harford County; 418 in Washington County; 400 in St. Mary’s County; 354 in Cecil County; 314 in Calvert County; 243 in Caroline County; 193 in Worcester County; 177 in Allegany County; 160 in Kent County; 151 in Queen Anne’s County; 133 in Dorchester County; 84 in Talbot County; 73 in Somerset County; and 10 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 1,119 have been people age 9 or younger; 2,025 have been people ages 10-19; 6,597 have been people ages 20-29; 8,940 have been people ages 30-39; 8,754 have been people ages 40-49; 7,994 have been people ages 50-59; 5,751 have been people ages 60-69; 3,724 have been people ages 70-79; and 3,519 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 25,206 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 23,217 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 14,217 have been black, 11,956 have been Hispanic, 9,575 have been white, 917 have been Asian, 2,341 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 9,417.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,681,793 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 98,929 deaths and 384,902 recoveries. More than 14.9 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 marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...