Maryland COVID-19 intensive care patients increase while hospitalizations decrease

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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.

As Maryland prepares to lift its stay-at-home order later today, the state recorded its second largest number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care to date, while the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations continued to decline to its lowest point in the past 19 days, state data show.

At least 36,986 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 145,840 have tested negative as of Friday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 1,083, an increase of 3 percent, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 6,679 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,496 who are currently hospitalized. Hospitalizations have not been below 1,500 since April 26.

Of those currently hospitalized, 898 are in acute care and 598 are in intensive care. The only day there was a larger number number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care was May 10, with 611.

A total of 1,792 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 44 additional deaths since Thursday. There are also 119 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Gov. Larry Hogan has said state officials were looking for a 14-day decline or plat the number of current hospitalizations, current intensive care patients and new deaths due to COVID-19 for a 14-day plateau or decline before Maryland could begin its first stage of recovery.

Hogan on Wednesday announced the state would lift its stay-at-home order and allow certain businesses and places to reopen at 5 p.m. Friday, as he said state officials had seen positive trends in those metrics.

But he has ultimately passed the responsibility to local leaders to determine whether their jurisdictions will reopen. Baltimore City will maintain a local stay-at-home order, while Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties joined a number of districts with more limited reopenings.

Among nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Maryland, there have been at least 5,329 resident cases, 984 resident deaths, 2,209 staff cases and 11 staff deaths.

In state and local congregate facilities, such as prisons and detention centers, there have been 335 staff cases, no staff deaths, 80 inmate cases, five inmate deaths, 78 patient cases, one patient death, and no youth cases or youth deaths.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 10,791 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 7,759 in Montgomery County; 4,399 in Baltimore County; 3,606 in Baltimore City; 2,752 in Anne Arundel County; 1,364 in Frederick County; 1,313 in Howard County; 829 in Charles County; 777 in Wicomico County; 671 in Harford County; 635 in Carroll County; 320 in Washington County; 300 in Cecil County; 299 in St. Mary’s County; 228 in Calvert County; 190 in Caroline County; 151 in Allegany County; 131 in Kent County; 131 in Worcester County; 108 in Queen Anne’s County; 107 in Dorchester County;  65 in Talbot County; 54 in Somerset County; six in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 716 have been people age 9 or younger; 1,383 have been people ages 10-19; 4,849 have been people ages 20-29; 6,699 have been people ages 30-39; 6,635 have been people ages 40-49; 6,194 have been people ages 50-59; 4,577 have been people ages 60-69; 3,076 have been people ages 70-79; and 2,857 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 19,312 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 17,674 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 11,572 have been black, 7,701 have been white, 8,229 have been Hispanic, 723 have been Asian, 1,763 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 6,998.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,417,889 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 85,906 deaths and 246,414 recoveries. More than 10.3 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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