Maryland surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 tests, state’s coronavirus hospitalizations decrease

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Maryland has conducted more than 200,000 coronavirus tests, and about 20 percent those are coming back positive for COVID-19, state data show.

At least 39,762 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 161,744 have tested negative as of Monday 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 958 since Sunday, an increase of about 2.5 percent.

A total of 1,903 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 27 additional deaths since Sunday. There are also 120 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 1,447 people who tested positive for COVID-19 are currently hospitalized. The number of current hospitalizations is the lowest Maryland has seen in more than three weeks.

Of those currently hospitalized, 892 are in acute care and 555 are in intensive care.

The number of patients in intensive care units for COVID-19 has remained in the mid- to upper-500s for about three weeks, and has not been below 500 in nearly a full month.

Before lifting Maryland’s stay-at-home order on Friday, Hogan said state officials had been looking for at least a 14-day plateau or decline in the number of hospitalizations, patients in intensive care and deaths, before the state could begin easing coronavirus-related restrictions.

Last week, Hogan announced that Maryland had satisfied those benchmarks enough for the state to begin the first stage of recovery, with the reopening of certain businesses and other places. However, he ultimately left it up to local leaders to determine whether their jurisdictions would participate in that reopening.

Among nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Maryland, there have been at least 5,329 resident cases, 984 resident deaths, 2,209 staff cases and 11 staff deaths.

In state and local congregate facilities, such as prisons and detention centers, there have been 335 staff cases, no staff deaths, 80 inmate cases, five inmate deaths, 78 patient cases, one patient death, and no youth cases or youth deaths.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 11,608 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 8,417 in Montgomery County; 4,749 in Baltimore County; 3,830 in Baltimore City; 2,893 in Anne Arundel County; 1,460 in Frederick County; 1,416 in Howard County; 867 in Charles County; 837 in Wicomico County; 695 in Harford County; 703 in Carroll County; 343 in Washington County; 326 in St. Mary’s County; 318 in Cecil County; 245 in Calvert County; 200 in Caroline County; 164 in Allegany County; 164 in Worcester County; 140 in Kent County; 129 in Queen Anne’s County; 122 in Dorchester County; 68 in Talbot County; 61 in Somerset County; and seven in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 811 have been people age 9 or younger; 1,549 have been people ages 10-19; 5,279 have been people ages 20-29; 7,266 have been people ages 30-39; 7,135 have been people ages 40-49; 6,605 have been people ages 50-59; 4,834 have been people ages 60-69; 3,244 have been people ages 70-79; and 3,039 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 20,706 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 19,056 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 12,220 have been black, 8,180 have been white, 9,196 have been Hispanic, 770 have been Asian, 1,888 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 7,508.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,487,447 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 272,265 deaths and 89,567 recoveries. More than 11.4 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Monday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle


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