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 rate of coronavirus-related hospitalizations has leveled off somewhat after generally declining for more than a month, state data show.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the state have increased slightly for the second day after declining for 32 straight days.

After reaching 446 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Sunday, the lowest total since the beginning of April, the number of patients jumped by one on Monday and then by five more on Tuesday.

To date, 10,844 Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point.

Intensive care admissions in Maryland, however, have continued to follow a six-week decline.

The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care fell considerably in the month of June. On June 1, 479 Marylanders were in intensive care units for COVID-19 treatment, and the number has since dropped to 152 patients.

A total of 67,559 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 468,296 have tested negative as of Tuesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland has completed at least 652,701 coronavirus tests since the coronavirus pandemic began, including 8,675 tests results that were reported in the past 24 hours.

In the past seven days, an average of 4.81 percent of the state’s COVID-19 tests came back positive.

An additional 14 Marylanders have died due to COVID-19 since Monday. A total of 3,062 Marylanders have died from the virus, and there are also 128 people whose deaths are suspected to be related to the disease.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 18,505 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 14,675 in Montgomery County; 7,929 in Baltimore County; 7,498 in Baltimore City; 5,092 in Anne Arundel County; 2,527 in Howard County; 2,486 in Frederick County; 1,383 in Charles County; 1,114 in Carroll County; 1,108 in Harford County; 1,062 in Wicomico County; 695 in Washington County; 633 in St. Mary’s County; 478 in Cecil County; 413 in Calvert County; 318 in Caroline County; 286 in Worcester County; 227 in Queen Anne’s County; 204 in Allegany County; 199 in Kent County; 188 in Dorchester County; 136 in Talbot County; 87 in Somerset County; and 11 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 2,019 cases in people age 9 or younger; 3,481 in people ages 10-19; 9,987 in people ages 20-29; 12,625 in people ages 30-39; 11,997 in people ages 40-49; 10,634 in people ages 50-59; 7,577 in people ages 60-69; 4,777 in people ages 70-79; and 4,462 in people age 80 or older.

Of Maryland’s confirmed coronavirus cases, state officials have identified 35,012 as female and 32,547 as male.

Of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19, 19,349 have been Black, 18,229 have been Hispanic, 13,288 have been white, 1,310 have been Asian, 3,331 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 12,052.

Nationwide, there have been at least 2,683,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 129,545 deaths and 705,203 recoveries. More than 31.5 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.

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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