Maryland surpasses 3,000 coronavirus deaths as hospitalizations continue to decline

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday said that Maryland is in a better position to deal with the coronavirus than most other states, but he reminded that the pandemic is not over.

“As we continue to safely reopen, it is important to remember that this crisis is still not behind us,” Hogan said. “More than 65,000 Marylanders have been infected, and more than 3,000 Marylanders have now lost their lives to this deadly virus. We mourn each and every loss.”

There have been 65,777 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, while 433,182 people have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

A total of 3,001 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 23 additional deaths since Wednesday. There are also 128 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Maryland has reported 11,635 COVID-19 test results in the past 24 hours and has conducted a total of 603,597 tests to date.

An average of 5.05 percent of tests reported over the last seven days have come back positive.

Hogan said the state has seen positive trends in addition to the testing rate, such as declines in hospitalizations and increases in testing capacity statewide.

Of Maryland’s confirmed coronavirus cases, 10,683 people were hospitalized at some point, including 511 who are currently hospitalized.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations have declined for 29 consecutive days since reaching 1,338 on May 27. Of the Marylanders who are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 302 are in acute care and 209 are in intensive care.

According to the Baltimore Sun‘s data tracker, the 14-day average numbers of new COVID-19 cases and deaths have decreased or flattened for 20 and 16 consecutive days, respectively.

Although Maryland continues to see positive trends in multiple metrics, Hogan said people should continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering and get tested for COVID-19.

“Now more than ever, as we begin to come into contact with more people, we must all continue to remain vigilant,” he said. “Our health and economic recovery depends on all of us continuing to exercise personal responsibility in order to keep ourselves, our family members, our neighbors, and our coworkers safe. We encourage all Marylanders to get tested, wear a mask, and practice physical distancing.”

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 18,249 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 14,381 in Montgomery County; 7,710 in Baltimore County; 7,258 in Baltimore City; 4,985 in Anne Arundel County; 2,453 in Howard County; 2,441 in Frederick County; 1,350 in Charles County; 1,101 in Carroll County; 1,078 in Harford County; 1,055 in Wicomico County; 653 in Washington County; 610 in St. Mary’s County; 460 in Cecil County; 403 in Calvert County; 302 in Caroline County; 278 in Worcester County; 215 in Queen Anne’s County; 203 in Allegany County; 194 in Kent County; 184 in Dorchester County; 119 in Talbot County; 85 in Somerset County; and 10 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for coronavirus, 1,937 have been people age 9 or younger; 3,307 have been people ages 10-19; 9,616 have been people ages 20-29; 12,290 have been people ages 30-39; 11,708 have been people ages 40-49; 10,376 have been people ages 50-59; 7,408 have been people ages 60-69; 4,717 have been people ages 70-79; and 4,418 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 34,142 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 31,635 as male.

Of Maryland’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, 18,918 have been Black, 17,833 have been Hispanic, 12,887 have been white, 1,284 have been Asian, 3,277 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 11,578.

Nationwide, there have been at least 2,382,134 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 121,996 deaths and 656,161 recoveries. More than 28.5 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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