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.

Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations reached their highest point since June after increasing for three straight days, according to state data released today.

Since the start of the pandemic, 11,897 Marylanders have been hospitalized for COVID-19, including 463 who are currently hospitalized.

After declining to 434 on Friday, hospitalizations rose each day over the weekend and reached 463 today–the highest they have been since reaching 478 on June 27.

Of the Marylanders who are currently hospitalized due to coronavirus, 327 are in acute care and 136 are in intensive care–which increased by nine and five patients, respectively, since Sunday.

A total of 78,685 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 670,594 have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 554, an increase of 0.7 percent.

Maryland has completed a total of 958,608 coronavirus tests, and reported 14,755 of those test results in the past 24 hours.

Over the past seven days, an average of 4.5 percent of tests came back positive for COVID-19.

One month ago, Maryland health officials directed local leaders to increase their jurisdictions’ COVID-19 testing efforts to reach 10 percent of their residents.

All five of Maryland’s largest jurisdictions–Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and Baltimore City–have tested at least 10 percent of their residents for COVID-19, with Anne Arundel County being the last of the quintet to meet that goal over the weekend.

There are six jurisdictions that have not yet met the 10 percent benchmark: Charles (9.6 percent), Harford (9.4 percent), Queen Anne’s (9.3 percent), Garrett (8.5 percent), Cecil (8 percent) and Calvert (7.7 percent) counties.

The state reported five additional coronavirus-related deaths since Sunday, bringing the total number of fatal COVID-19 cases to 3,252. There are also 130 deaths suspected to be related to the virus.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 20,589 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 16,372 in Montgomery County; 9,723 in Baltimore County; 9,428 in Baltimore City; 5,955 in Anne Arundel County; 3,097 in Howard County; 2,722 in Frederick County; 1,609 in Charles County; 1,412 in Harford County; 1,269 in Carroll County; 1,181 in Wicomico County; 784 in Washington County; 773 in St. Mary’s County; 553 in Cecil County; 490 in Calvert County; 408 in Worcester County; 360 in Caroline County; 318 in Queen Anne’s County; 245 in Dorchester County; 243 in Talbot County; 237 Allegany County; 221 in Kent County; 108 in Somerset County; and 34 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, 2,519 have been people age 9 or younger; 4,486 have been people ages 10-19; 12,766 have been people ages 20-29; 14,768 have been people ages 30-39; 13,593 have been people ages 40-49; 12,023 have been people ages 50-59; 8,452 have been people ages 60-69; 5,277 have been people ages 70-79; and 4,801 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 41,072 of the confirmed coronavirus patients as female and 37,613 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 23,092 have been Black, 20,390 have been Hispanic, 16,548 have been white, 1,520 have been Asian, 3,732 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 13,403.

Nationwide, there have been at least 3,773,832 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 140,541 deaths and 1,131,121 recoveries. More than 45.7 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.

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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...

One reply on “Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations reach highest point since June 27”

  1. Hospitalizations are rising every day in MD. I’ve seen many articles where experts state that hospitalizations are the best measure of the outbreak. Why can’t we find out the areas or counties within MD where the rise is occurring? This seems like an important metric that is missing. Thanks.

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