Maryland updates coronavirus dashboard with contact tracing data

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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.

Maryland health officials have updated the state’s coronavirus dashboard with data related to contact tracing, including where people may have been infected by the virus.

Of the COVID-19 patients that the state reached out to from July 10 to Sept. 19, nearly 25,000, or 57 percent, said they had not attended a social gathering of more than 10 people within the 14 days before they became ill or had a positive test.

Nearly 6,000 patients, or 13 percent, said they had attended a social gathering of more than 10 people. The state received no response from more than 13,000 patients, or 30 percent.

Also from July 10 to Sept. 19, just over 18,000 people, or 41 percent, said they had visited at least one high risk location within the 14 days before they became ill or had a positive test. The state defines high risk locations as places and events with prolonged exposure to other people, such as weddings, parties, stores, and restaurants.

More than 13,000, or 30 percent, of patients said they did not visit a high risk location in the 14-day period, and a little less than 13,000, or 29 percent, gave no response.

More than 21,000 patients, or 49 percent, said they did not go to work in the 14 days before becoming ill or testing positive; more than 11,000 patients, or 26 percent, said they did; and more than 11,000 patients, or 25 percent did not give a response.

From June 15 to Sept. 19, the state entered 53,319 cases into its CovidLINK contact tracing platform. Of those cases, 51,952 patients had a phone number, 44,276 were successfully reached, 38,801 completed an interview with contact tracers, and 27,675 named at least one person they came into contact with.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Maryland has confirmed 121,800 coronavirus cases, while 1,439,779 Marylanders have tested negative for the virus as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s coronavirus caseload rose by 503, an increase of 0.4 percent.

Maryland has completed 2,464,927 coronavirus tests to date, with 23,702 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

On average, 2.57 percent of the state’s COVID-19 tests over the last seven days came back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.4 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.08 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 15,299 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 349 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those currently hospitalized, 268 are in acute care and 81 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients climbed by 15 while the number of intensive care patients rose by two, marking a net increase of 17 more people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Wednesday.

A total of 3,765 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with nine additional deaths reported since Wednesday. There are also 144 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 28,887 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 22,078 in Montgomery County; 17,655 in Baltimore County; 15,374 in Baltimore City; 9,812 in Anne Arundel County; 4,997 in Howard County; 3,975 in Frederick County; 2,963 in Harford County; 2,737 in Charles County; 1,936 in Wicomico County; 1,925 in Carroll County; 1,705 in Washington County; 1,262 in St. Mary’s County; 1,034 in Cecil County; 1,028 in Worcester County; 928 in Calvert County; 650 in Queen Anne’s County; 640 in Caroline County; 582 in Dorchester County; 549 in Talbot County; 459 in Allegany County; 300 in Kent County; 252 in Somerset County; and 72 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 4,505 have been people age 9 or younger; 10,140 have been people ages 10-19; 22,938 have been people ages 20-29; 22,064 have been people ages 30-39; 19,530 have been people ages 40-49; 17,784 have been people ages 50-59; 11,917 have been people ages 60-69; 7,122 have been people ages 70-79; and 5,800 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 64,355 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 57,445 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 38,719 have been Black, 26,527 have been Hispanic, 30,278 have been white, 2,305 have been Asian, 5,594 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 18,377.

Nationwide, there have been at least 6,935,799 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 201,920 deaths and 2,670,256 recoveries. More than 97.4 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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