Maryland surpasses 14,000 confirmed coronavirus cases; 68 additional deaths marks largest one-day increase in fatal cases

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Maryland recorded 68 additional deaths due to COVID-19 since Monday, the largest one-day increase in fatal cases during the pandemic, according to state data.

There have been 584 deaths statewide as of today. There are also 68 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Before today, the largest one-day increase was 47 deaths last week.

At least 14,193 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 59,442 have tested negative as of Tuesday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 509, an increase of 3.7 percent.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 3,158 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,433 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those currently hospitalized, 907 are in acute care and 526 are in intensive care.

Maryland had a total of about 1,400 hospital beds in use, as of Sunday.

There have been 930 people who isolated and were eventually released.

Maryland increased its COVID-19 testing capacity on Saturday after the state secured 500,000 testing kits from South Korea, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday.

Hogan said Maryland “owes an incredible debt of gratitude” for helping the state obtain more tests.

“I want to sincerely thank our Korean partners for assisting us in our fight against this common, hidden enemy,” he said.

With the additional half a million tests, Hogan set a new goal of being able to conduct 20,000 tests each day. The state had previously aimed to complete 10,000 tests each day.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 3,734 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 2,768 in Montgomery County; 1,925 in Baltimore County; 1,542 in Baltimore City; 1,157 in Anne Arundel County; 632 in Frederick County; 565 in Howard County; 401 in Charles County; 330 in Carroll County; 232 in Harford County; 176 in Wicomico County; 134 in Cecil County; 126 in Washington County; 116 in Calvert County; 107 in St. Mary’s County; 56 in Allegany County; 41 in Caroline County; 33 in Worcester County; 29 in Kent County; 27 in Queen Anne’s County; 25 in Dorchester County; 22 in Talbot County; 11 in Talbot County; and four in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 118 have been people age 9 or younger; 318 have been people ages 10-19; 1,543 have been people ages 20-29; 2,329 have been people ages 30-39; 2,539 have been people ages 40-49; 2,712 have been people ages 50-59; 2,083 have been people ages 60-69; 1,432 have been people ages 70-79; and 1,119 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 7,623 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 6,570 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 5,322 have been black, 3,327 have been white, 1,916 have been Hispanic, 296 have been Asian, 552 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 2,780.

Nationwide, there have been at least 788,110 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 42,374 deaths and 73,527 recoveries. More than 4 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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