Maryland surpassed 400 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, just a day after crossing the 300-case mark.
An additional 74 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the statewide total number of coronavirus cases to at least 423. Four Marylanders have died due to COVID-19.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 127 confirmed cases in Montgomery County; 76 in Prince George’s County; 53 in Baltimore City; 51 in Baltimore County; 35 in Howard County; 31 in Anne Arundel County; eight in Charles County; seven in Frederick County; five each in Carroll and Harford counties; four each in Cecil and Wicomico counties; three each in Calvert and Garrett counties; two each in St. Mary’s, Washington and Worcester counties; and one each in Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset and Talbot counties, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.
Allegany and Dorchester counties are the only two jurisdictions in Maryland that have not yet reported any confirmed cases of COVID-19.
A total of four Marylanders have died from COVID-19, including a Prince George’s County man in his 60s, whose death was announced Tuesday.
The other three deceased individuals include another Prince George’s County man in his 60s, a Baltimore County man in his 60s, and a Montgomery County woman in her 40s.
All four Marylanders who have died from COVID-19 had underlying medical conditions.
Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 335 have been people between the ages of 18 and 64; 83 have been people age 65 and older; and five have been people younger than 18.
Nationwide, there have been at least 55,243 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including at least 802 deaths and 354 recoveries, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
The United States ranks third behind China and Italy for total number of confirmed cases per country, according to the Johns Hopkins dashboard.
Maryland surpassed 300 confirmed cases on Tuesday, after having surpassed 200 cases on Sunday and 100 total cases last Thursday.
Gov. Larry Hogan will be holding a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday to announce additional measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. The press conference will be livestreamed on the governor’s official Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel.
On Monday, Gov. Larry Hogan closed all non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Sectors that are allowed to remain open include healthcare, grocery stores, liquor stores, agriculture, energy, public works, community government, public safety, transportation, manufacturing and banks.
Last Thursday, Hogan prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump on Monday talked about relaxing social distancing guidelines “to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”
But during an appearance on CNN on Tuesday, Hogan said that Trump’s words “don’t match” recommendations from public health experts.
“Some of the messaging is pretty confusing,” he said.
“We’re just trying to take the best advice we can from the scientists and all the experts, and making the decisions that we believe are necessary for our states,” he added, saying he does not expect to ease social distancing in the coming weeks.
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