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 health officials on Thursday reported another 2,166 coronavirus cases and 46 new deaths related to the virus.

At least 334,519 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,749,627 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s coronavirus caseload rose by 2,166, an increase of 0.65%.

A total of 6,560 Marylanders have been confirmed to have died from coronavirus, and another 175 people’s deaths are suspected to be related to COVID-19.

Maryland has completed 6,578,575 coronavirus tests to date, with 37,628 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

On average, 7.66% of the state’s COVID-19 tests over the last seven days came back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 7.71% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 7.64% for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations saw a net decrease of 46 patients, with 50 fewer acute care patients and four more intensive care patients.

The state has hospitalized a total of 30,498 people with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including 1,812 who are currently hospitalized with the virus.

There are currently 1,388 patients in acute care and 424 in intensive care.

The state has distributed the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to a total of 264,094 Marylanders, including 12,801 who received it in the past 24 hours.

Of the Maryland recipients of the first vaccine dose, 30,880 individuals have received the second vaccine dose, including 2,761 people in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 64,355 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 55,531 in Montgomery County; 44,944 in Baltimore County; 36,283 in Baltimore City; 30,847 in Anne Arundel County; 14,693 in Frederick County; 13,744 in Howard County; 10,814 in Washington County; 10,541 in Harford County; 7,412 in Charles County; 6,478 in Carroll County; 5,993 in Allegany County; 5,878 in Wicomico County; 4,523 in Cecil County; 4,256 in St. Mary’s County; 3,153 in Calvert County; 2,877 in Worcester County; 2,218 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,127 in Somerset County; 1,899 in Dorchester County; 1,741 in Garrett County; 1,693 in Caroline County; 1,555 in Talbot County; and 964 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of the coronavirus cases that Maryland health officials have confirmed to date, 15,952 are people age 9 or younger; 31,195 are people ages 10-19; 61,261 are people ages 20-29; 58,110 are people ages 30-39; 51,318 are people ages 40-49; 50,476 are people ages 50-59; 33,924 are people ages 60-69; 19,304 are people ages 70-79; and 12,979 are people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 175,452 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 159,067 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 94,676 are Black, 55,417 are Hispanic, 113,365 are white, 7,217 are Asian, 15,665 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 48,179.

Nationwide, there have been at least 24,441,852 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 406,196 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 284.6 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Thursday, 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...