Maryland COVID-19 total jumps by more than 1,700 confirmed cases

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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.

The number of Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19 jumped by 1,730 on Friday, marking the state’s largest one-day increase to date.

Before that, the largest one-day increase was 1,158 additional cases on April 8–a jump that Gov. Larry Hogan attributed in part to the state’s growing capacity to administer and process COVID-19 tests.

Hogan said at the time that more than 30 percent of the new cases reported that day were from testing that was conducted in March, as laboratories worked to catch up with a backlog of tests.

The total number of tests results increased on Friday, while the rate of infections remained about the same. Positive cases comprise about 19 percent of total tests–roughly the same percentage as Wednesday and Thursday.

At least 23,472 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 97,511 have tested negative as of Friday morning, state officials said.

A total of 1,098 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 51 additional deaths since Thursday. There are also 94 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 4,718 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point. That includes 1,668 who are currently hospitalized–43 fewer than Thursday.

Of those currently hospitalized, 1,100 are in acute care and 568 are in intensive care. Compared to Thursday, there are 21 fewer people in acute care and 22 fewer people in intensive care.

There have been 1,517 people who isolated and were eventually released.

Among nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Maryland, there have been at least 3,372 resident cases, 546 resident deaths, 1,547 staff cases and eight staff deaths.

In state and local congregate facilities, such as correctional facilities and detention centers, 265 staff cases, no staff deaths, 57 inmate cases, two inmate deaths, 60 patient cases, one patient death, and no youth cases or youth deaths.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 6,735 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 4,754 in Montgomery County; 3,013 in Baltimore County; 2,162 in Baltimore City; 1,807 in Anne Arundel County; 942 in Frederick County; 896 in Howard County; 611 in Charles County; 460 in Carroll County; 437 in Harford County; 425 in Wicomico County; 216 in Washington County; 176 in Cecil County; 161 in Calvert County; 159 in St. Mary’s County; 118 in Allegany County; 86 in Kent County; 74 in Caroline County; 65 in Worcester County; 54 in Dorchester County; 52 in Queen Anne’s County; 35 in Talbot County; 30 in Somerset County; four in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 330 have been people age 9 or younger; 652 have been people ages 10-19; 2,742 have been people ages 20-29; 4,025 have been people ages 30-39; 4,226 have been people ages 40-49; 4,242 have been people ages 50-59; 3,215 have been people ages 60-69; 2,181 have been people ages 70-79; and 1,859 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 12,500 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 10,972 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 8,093 have been black, 5,147 have been white, 3,884 have been Hispanic, 475 have been Asian, 840 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 5,033.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,070,032 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 63,019 deaths and 153,947 recoveries. More than 6.2 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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