This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Maryland is approaching 6,000 coronavirus deaths, with state officials on Tuesday reporting 54 more COVID-19 fatalities.

As of Tuesday morning, Maryland has confirmed a total of 5,913 coronavirus deaths to date, and another 169 deaths are suspected to be related to the virus.

At least 289,758 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,575,342 have tested negative as of Tuesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s coronavirus caseload rose by 1,956, an increase of about 0.68%.

Maryland reported 24,878 coronavirus test results in the past 24 hours, and the state has completed a total of 5,894,499 tests to date.

On average, 9.19 % 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 10.15% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 8.66% for Marylanders older than 35.

Currently, 1,771 Marylanders are hospitalized with coronavirus, including 1,361 who are in acute care and 410 who are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients rose by 28 while the number of intensive care patients declined by eight, marking a net increase of 20 more people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Monday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Maryland has hospitalized a total of 27,542 people with COVID-19.

The state reported 11,317 vaccinations in the past 24 hours, and a total of 76,916 vaccinations to date.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 56,391 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 48,089 in Montgomery County; 39,851 in Baltimore County; 32,503 in Baltimore City; 25,629 in Anne Arundel County; 12,054 in Frederick County; 11,657 in Howard County; 8,957 in Harford County; 8,766 in Washington County; 6,288 in Charles County; 5,524 in Allegany County; 5,392 in Carroll County; 4,896 in Wicomico County; 3,744 in Cecil County; 3,413 in St. Mary’s County; 2,378 in Calvert County; 2,316 in Worcester County; 1,848 in Somerset County; 1,745 in Queen Anne’s County; 1,515 in Garrett County; 1,438 in Dorchester County; 1,378 in Caroline County; 1,247 in Talbot County; and 783 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 13,295 are people age 9 or younger; 26,358 are people ages 10-19; 53,433 are people ages 20-29; 50,844 are people ages 30-39; 44,769 are people ages 40-49; 43,613 are people ages 50-59; 29,216 are people ages 60-69; 16,746 are people ages 70-79; and 11,484 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 152,013 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 137,745 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 83,434 are Black, 49,648 are Hispanic, 95,050 are white, 6,061 are Asian, 13,381 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 42,184.

Nationwide, there have been at least 20,825,423 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 353,640 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 254.5 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, 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...