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’s average rate of positive COVID-19 tests has decreased for the fifth consecutive day, falling to a new pandemic low average of 1.12% on Monday.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 1.19% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 1.07% for Marylanders older than 35.

At least 460,659 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 3,513,434 have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland’s coronavirus caseload rose by 84, an increase of about 0.02%.

A total of 9,435 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with four additional deaths reported since Sunday. There are also 214 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Maryland has completed 10,522,466 coronavirus tests to date, with 9,282 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

The state has hospitalized a total of 43,444 COVID-19 patients to date, including 276 who are currently hospitalized.

The number of acute care patients remained the same at 209, while the number of intensive care patients dropped by seven to 67, marking a net decrease of seven fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Sunday.

A total of 3,021,669 Marylanders have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state data showed on Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported that 71% of Marylanders age 18 and older have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Of the two-dose vaccines, Maryland has administered a total of 3,278,920 first doses and 2,780,318 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, providers have administered 4,950 first doses and 9,321 second doses.

Maryland providers have also administered single-dose vaccines to a total of 241,351 people, including 442 doses that were reported in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 85,204 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 70,985 in Montgomery County; 65,735 in Baltimore County; 52,952 in Baltimore City; 43,841 in Anne Arundel County; 19,792 in Frederick County; 19,250 in Howard County; 16,597 in Harford County; 14,616 in Washington County; 10,892 in Charles County; 9,496 in Carroll County; 7,693 in Wicomico County; 7,020 in Allegany County; 6,310 in Cecil County; 6,036 in St. Mary’s County; 4,225 in Calvert County; 3,664 in Worcester County; 3,001 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,839 in Dorchester County; 2,613 in Somerset County; 2,345 in Caroline County; 2,167 in Talbot County; 2,036 in Garrett County; and 1,350 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 143,176 are Black, 11,127 are Asian, 162,885 are white, 69,757 are Hispanic, 21,475 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,239.

Maryland has identified 240,969 of the confirmed coronavirus patients as female and 219,690 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 26,009 are people age 9 or younger; 47,518 are people ages 10-19; 84,438 are people ages 20-29; 78,916 are people ages 30-39; 68,624 are people ages 40-49; 68,548 are people ages 50-59; 45,635 are people ages 60-69; 25,066 are people ages 70-79; and 15,905 are people age 80 or older.

Nationwide, there have been at least 33,363,403 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 597,631 deaths. The U.S. has administered 300,920,521 coronavirus vaccine doses to date as of 10 a.m. Monday, 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 marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...