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 health officials on Thursday reported the coronavirus-related deaths of three more Marylanders.

That marks the lowest daily number of deaths that Maryland has reported since the state also reported three deaths on Nov. 3, although the state does not always report deaths on the day they occurred.

With Thursday’s additions, Maryland has confirmed a total of 7,740 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There are also 182 Marylanders whose deaths are suspected to be related to the virus.

At least 384,765 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 3,018,120 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 809, an increase of 0.21%.

Maryland has completed 7,982,350 coronavirus tests to date, with 33,723 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

On average, 3.24% of the state’s coronavirus tests over the last seven days have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.6% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 3.01% for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 35,304 people with COVID-19 during the pandemic, including 856 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those coronavirus patients who are currently hospitalized, 640 are in acute care and 216 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients rose by five while the number of intensive care patients declined by 12, marking a net decrease of seven fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Wednesday.

The state has distributed the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to a total of 950,458 Marylanders, including 21,965 who received it in the past 24 hours.

Of the Maryland recipients of the first vaccine dose, 494,267 individuals have received the second vaccine dose, including 10,002 people in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 73,834 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 63,702 in Montgomery County; 51,318 in Baltimore County; 40,608 in Baltimore City; 36,084 in Anne Arundel County; 17,095 in Frederick County; 15,893 in Howard County; 12,592 in Harford County; 12,465 in Washington County; 8,994 in Charles County; 7,574 in Carroll County; 6,797 in Wicomico County; 6,411 in Allegany County; 5,150 in St. Mary’s County; 5,041 in Cecil County; 3,673 in Calvert County; 3,276 in Worcester County; 2,585 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,397 in Somerset County; 2,355 in Dorchester County; 2,051 in Caroline County; 1,897 in Talbot County; 1,844 in Garrett County; and 1,129 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 19,216 cases in people age 9 or younger; 37,000 in people ages 10-19; 69,938 in people ages 20-29; 66,060 in people ages 30-39; 58,252 in people ages 40-49; 58,014 in people ages 50-59; 39,282 in people ages 60-69; 22,292 in people ages 70-79; and 14,711 in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 201,255 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 183,510 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 111,111 are Black, 61,993 are Hispanic, 133,654 are white, 8,761 are Asian, 18,107 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 51,139.

Nationwide, there have been at least 28,761,027 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 518,459 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 353.6 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...