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.

While Maryland’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise, the number of new people being hospitalized for COVID-19 has decreased every day this week.

Maryland recorded 141 new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 as of this morning. There were 272 new hospitalizations on Tuesday, 167 on Wednesday, and 152 on Thursday, according to state figures.

Gov. Larry Hogan said last week that Maryland’s hospitalization rates were starting to show signs of stabilization, and he pointed to that as a signal that the state might soon be able to gradually begin its recovery process.

Hogan is expected to lay out the details of his administration’s “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” at 3 p.m. today.

At least 16,616 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19 as the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 879, an increase of about 5.6 percent, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Meanwhile, at least 68,100 Marylanders have tested negative for the virus as of Friday morning.

A total of 723 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 43 additional deaths since Thursday. There are also 75 deaths suspected to be from coronavirus.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 3,618 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,425 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those currently hospitalized, 878 are in acute care and 547 are in intensive care.

There have been 1,108 people who isolated and were eventually released.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 4,141 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 3,060 in Montgomery County; 2,132 in Baltimore County; 1,672 in Baltimore City; 1,294 in Anne Arundel County; 690 in Frederick County, 618 in Howard County; 442 in Charles County; 355 in Carroll County; 280 in Harford County; 203 in Wicomico County; 140 in Cecil County; 139 in Washington County; 121 in Calvert County; 115 in St. Mary’s County; 77 in Allegany County; 64 in Kent County; 50 in Caroline County; 39 in Worcester County; 33 in Queen Anne’s County; 31 in Dorchester County; 25 in Talbot County; 12 in Somerset County; and four in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 164 have been people age 9 or younger; 395 have been people ages 10-19; 1,833 have been people ages 20-29; 2,757 have been people ages 30-39; 2,931 have been people ages 40-49; 3,094 have been people ages 50-59; 2,383 have been people ages 60-69; 1,680 have been people ages 70-79; and 1,379 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 8,874 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 7,742 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 6,046 have been black, 3,830 have been white, 2,373 have been Hispanic, 339 have been Asian, 616 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 3,412.

Nationwide, there have been at least 869,172 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 49,963 deaths and 80,934 recoveries. More than 4.6 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Friday, 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