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.

On the last day of 2020, Maryland reported 46 more coronavirus-related deaths, adding to the total of 5,727 Marylanders who have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19 this year.

In December, 1,241 Marylanders were confirmed to have died from coronavirus — the second largest number of COVID-19 fatalities reported in one month after the state reported 1,364 deaths in May.

During the pandemic, another 168 residents’ deaths were suspected to be related to the virus.

At least 276,662 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,525,806 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 2,973, an increase of about 1.09%.

Maryland has completed 5,708,030 coronavirus tests to date, with 35,860 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

On average, 8.52% of the state’s coronavirus tests over the last seven days came back positive. That average has increased for four straight days.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 8.53% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 8.06% for Marylanders older than 35.

Of the 1,773 Marylanders currently hospitalized due to coronavirus, 1,374 are in acute care and 399 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients grew by 28 while the number of intensive care patients fell by 11, marking a net increase of 17 more people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Wednesday.

A total of 26,636 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in Maryland since the pandemic began.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 54,581 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 46,200 in Montgomery County; 38,657 in Baltimore County; 31,537 in Baltimore City; 24,408 in Anne Arundel County; 11,301 in Frederick County; 11,222 in Howard County; 8,551 in Harford County; 8,206 in Washington County; 6,036 in Charles County; 5,404 in Allegany County; 5,168 in Carroll County; 4,675 in Wicomico County; 3,568 in Cecil County; 3,255 in St. Mary’s County; 2,231 in Calvert County; 2,158 in Worcester County; 1,792 in Somerset County; 1,664 in Queen Anne’s County; 1,456 in Garrett County; 1,372 in Dorchester County; 1,319 in Caroline County; 1,164 in Talbot County; and 737 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for coronavirus, 12,541 are people age 9 or younger; 25,021 are people ages 10-19; 51,169 are people ages 20-29; 48,615 are people ages 30-39; 42,905 are people ages 40-49; 41,557 are people ages 50-59; 27,801 are people ages 60-69; 16,004 are people ages 70-79; and 11,049 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 145,179 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 131,483 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 80,223 are Black, 47,989 are Hispanic, 89,801 are white, 5,794 are Asian, 12,735 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 40,120.

Nationwide, there have been at least 19,749,816 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 342,450 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 246.5 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...