Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations, intensive care admissions remain stable

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The number of Marylanders who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 and those admitted to intensive care units, two measurements that state officials are focusing on as they determine when to begin lifting some coronavirus-related restrictions, remain stable as of Wednesday morning, state data show.

There are currently 584 people in intesive care and that measurement has hovered between 500 and 600 for the past 17 days, a trend which began April 20.

Meanwhile, the number of people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 has stayed within a stable for the past eight days. The lowest number of hospitalizations in that period was 1,635 on May 3, while the highest number was 1,711 on April 30.

Gov. Larry Hogan said last week that state officials are looking for hospitalizations and ICU admissions to plateau for at least 14 days before Maryland can “reopen.” He added that evaluation allows for small fluctuations of those measurements, barring any large spikes in the data.

At least 28,163 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 115,849 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

A total of 1,338 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 48 additional deaths since Tuesday. There are also 99 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Black Marylanders account for 34 percent of confirmed coronavirus cases, while 22 percent of cases are white, 19 percent are Hispanic, 2 percent are Asian, about 4 percent are another race, and 19 percent are an unknown race.

Of the Marylanders who are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, 42 percent are white, about 41 percent are black, about 7 percent are Hispanic, about 4 percent are Asian, about 1 percent are another race, and about 6 percent are an unknown race.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 5,497 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,707 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those currently hospitalized, 1,123 are in acute care and 584 are in intensive care.

There have been 1,903 people who isolated and were eventually released.

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. Wednesday, there have been 8,135 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 5,790 in Montgomery County; 3,527 in Baltimore County; 2,752 in Baltimore City; 2,085 in Anne Arundel County; 1,108 in Frederick County; 1,061 in Howard County; 670 in Charles County; 532 in Harford County; 521 in Carroll County; 517 in Wicomico County; 251 in Washington County; 200 in Cecil County; 186 in St. Mary’s County; 184 in Calvert County; 129 in Allegany County; 101 in Caroline County; 94 in Kent County; 86 in Worcester County; 79 in Dorchester County; 67 in Queen Anne’s County; 45 in Talbot County; 39 in Somerset County; four in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 416 have been people age 9 or younger; 834 have been people ages 10-19; 3,474 have been people ages 20-29; 4,894 have been people ages 30-39; 5,031 have been people ages 40-49; 4,996 have been people ages 50-59; 3,734 have been people ages 60-69; 2,524 have been people ages 70-79; and 2,260 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 14,848 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 13,315 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 9,648 have been black, 6,280 have been white, 5,394 have been Hispanic, 580 have been Asian, 986 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 5,275.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,204,475 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 71,079 deaths and 189,791 recoveries. More than 7.5 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.

Marcus Dieterle

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