Maryland COVID-19 total jumps by more than 1,100 confirmed cases in one day as labs catch up with backlogged tests, Hogan says

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The number of Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19 jumped by 1,158 on Wednesday–by far the state’s largest one-day increase to date.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday tweeted the dramatic rise in cases is due to an increased number of infections, but also due to the state’s increasing capacity to administer and process COVID-19 tests.

Hogan said that more than 30 percent of the new cases reported today are from testing that was conducted in March, as commercial laboratories are beginning to clear their backlog of tests.

At least 5,529 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 32,933 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, state officials said.

The number of positive cases increased by about 26 percent while the number of negative cases increased by nearly 21 percent.

A total of 124 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 21 additional deaths since Tuesday, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 1,210 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, while 365 isolated and were eventually released.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,310 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 1,088 in Montgomery County; 866 in Baltimore County; 571 in Baltimore City; 466 in Anne Arundel County; 274 in Howard County; 199 in Frederick County; 186 in Carroll County; 164 in Charles County; 86 in Harford County; 62 in St. Mary’s County; 57 in Washington County; 56 in Calvert County; 49 in Cecil County; 20 in Wicomico County; 16 in Queen Anne’s County; 11 in Caroline County; 10 each in Talbot and Worcester counties; nine in Kent County; six in Allegany County; five in Garrett County; and four each in Dorchester and Somerset counties, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 27 have been people age 9 or younger; 109 have been people ages 10-19; 625 have been people ages 20-29; 968 have been people ages 30-39; 1,015 have been people ages 40-49; 1,135 have been people ages 50-59; 833 have been people ages 60-69; 550 have been people ages 70-79; and 267 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 2,955 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 2,574 as male.

Following a call from Del. Nick Mosby and 80 other lawmakers, Gov. Larry Hogan said on Tuesday that he had directed the Maryland Department of Health to begin releasing a racial breakdown of coronavirus tests, hospitalizations and mortality rates this week. However, he said many of the state’s COVID-19 tests are processed by out-of-state labs, who are not required to keep track of race, and therefore the data may be incomplete.

Hogan also announced that Maryland would be creating “strike teams” made up of local and state health officials, members of the Maryland National Guard and health care providers to assist with testing seniors at nursing homes and other elder care facilities.

Baltimore City officials said Tuesday that they hope to open a COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of Pimlico Race Course by the end of this week.

Nationwide, there have been at least 399,929 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 17,127 deaths and 77,565 recoveries, 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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