Maryland COVID-19 positivity rate, hospitalizations, intensive care patients continue to decline

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The number of Marylanders hospitalized for coronavirus, the number of patients in intensive care, and the state’s seven-day rate of positive tests all continue to decline, state data show.

Citing decreases in those metrics, Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that Maryland is ready to begin the phase two of its recovery plan, allowing an array of nonessential businesses to reopen starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.

At least 55,858 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 281,160 have tested negative as of Thursday morning. The state;s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 876, an increase of about 1.6 percent, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The average percentage of test results that have come back positive in the past seven days is 8.9 percent. The statewide positivity rate has been following a downward trend since peaking at 26.9 percent on April 17.

In that same period, the state has more than tripled the number of tests it is able to conduct each day from an average of 3,046 per day during the week of April 17 to 10,834 per day last week.

Public health experts recommend a positive test rate of 10 percent or lower.

Maryland’s seven-day rate of positive tests remained below 10 percent for the second day on Thursday after previously reaching 9.5 percent on Wednesday.

All jurisdictions in Maryland except for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have seven-day positivity rates below that 10 percent guideline.

A total of 2,546 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 27 additional deaths since Wednesday. There are also 122 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 9,217 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,096 who are currently hospitalized.

The number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations has decreased for eight days since reaching 1,338 hospitalizations on May 27. Hospitalizations have generally been trending downward for about a month and a half, despite a two-day increase last week.

Of those currently hospitalized, 640 are in acute care and 456 are in intensive care.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units has fluctuated but has also followed a downward trend for about three weeks.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 15,940 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 12,226 in Montgomery County; 6,476 in Baltimore County; 5,906 in Baltimore City; 4,080 in Anne Arundel County; 2,041 in Frederick County; 2,033 in Howard County; 1,174 in Charles County; 959 in Wicomico County; 947 in Carroll County; 920 in Harford County; 542 in St. Mary’s County; 516 in Washington County; 388 in Cecil County; 352 in Calvert County; 268 in Caroline County; 223 in Worcester County; 182 in Allegany County; 180 in Kent County; 161 in Queen Anne’s County; 152 in Dorchester County; 106 in Talbot County; 76 in Somerset County; and 10 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 1,422 have been people age 9 or younger; 2,538 have been people ages 10-19; 7,768 have been people ages 20-29; 10,375 have been people ages 30-39; 10,033 have been people ages 40-49; 9,006 have been people ages 50-59; 6,536 have been people ages 60-69; 4,190 have been people ages 70-79; and 3,990 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 29,096 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 26,762 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 16,035 have been black, 14,338 have been Hispanic, 10,898 have been white, 1,057 have been Asian, 2,783 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 10,747.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,852,561 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 107,191 deaths and 479,258 recoveries. More than 18.2 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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