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Maryland officials on Tuesday reported 63 more deaths related to coronavirus, the second highest daily death total reported in the past seven months.

The state reported a record number of COVID-19 fatalities in the early months of the pandemic with 74 deaths reported on April 25 and another 74 reported on May 5.

After that peak, the number of coronavirus-related deaths declined, with the daily number of newly reported deaths remaining below 20 from late June through mid-November.

But over the past month and a half, COVID-19 deaths in Maryland have surged, with the state reporting 64 deaths on Dec. 16 — the highest daily death total in more than seven months since the state reported 70 deaths on May 12.

A total of 5,636 Marylanders have died from coronavirus, and the deaths of another 167 residents are suspected to be related to the virus.

At least 271,061 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,508,079 have tested negative as of Tuesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 1,878, an increase of about 0.7%.

Maryland has completed 5,632,401 coronavirus tests to date, with 20,710 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

An average of 8.1% of the state’s COVID-19 tests over the last seven days came back positive after the average positivity rate had remained below 8% since Dec. 6.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 8.34% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 7.99% for Marylanders older than 35.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 26,247 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,725 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those currently hospitalized, 1,305 are in acute care and 420 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by 10 while the number of intensive care patients declined by three, marking a net decrease of 13 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Monday.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 53,692 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 45,341 in Montgomery County; 37,971 in Baltimore County; 31,123 in Baltimore City; 23,789 in Anne Arundel County; 10,986 in Howard County; 10,891 in Frederick County; 8,371 in Harford County; 7,827 in Washington County; 5,922 in Charles County; 5,324 in Allegany County; 5,053 in Carroll County; 4,559 in Wicomico County; 3,506 in Cecil County; 3,174 in St. Mary’s County; 2,186 in Calvert County; 2,087 in Worcester County; 1,771 in Somerset County; 1,591 in Queen Anne’s County; 1,424 in Garrett County; 1,334 in Dorchester County; 1,288 in Caroline County; 1,133 in Talbot County; and 718 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 12,236 cases in people age 9 or younger; 24,482 in people ages 10-19; 50,263 in people ages 20-29; 47,723 in people ages 30-39; 42,072 in people ages 40-49; 40,643 in people ages 50-59; 27,145 in people ages 60-69; 15,633 in people ages 70-79; and 10,864 in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 142,244 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 128,817 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 78,846 are Black, 47,352 are Hispanic, 87,390 are white, 5,641 are Asian, 12,466 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 39,366.

Nationwide, there have been at least 19,313,314 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 335,051 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 243.7 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...