Maryland’s average positive coronavirus test rate declines slightly for third day

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The seven-day average rate of positive coronavirus tests in Maryland decreased slightly for the third consecutive day, reaching 2.79 percent, state data show.

After rising to 3.02 percent on Sunday, the average decreased the next three days.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.37 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.48 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

At least 129,425 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,566,874 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland’s coronavirus caseload rose by 761, an increase of about 0.6 percent.

The state has completed 2,802,303 coronavirus tests to date and has reported 29,023 test results in the past 24 hours.

There are currently 403 Marylanders hospitalized with coronavirus, including 305 who are in acute care and 98 who are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients rose by seven while the number of intensive care patients rose by five, marking a net increase of 12 more people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Wednesday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Maryland has hospitalized 15,898 people due to COVID-19.

A total of 3,835 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with six additional deaths reported since Wednesday. There are also 144 people whose deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 30,356 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 23,293 in Montgomery County; 18,668 in Baltimore County; 16,263 in Baltimore City; 10,572 in Anne Arundel County; 5,322 in Howard County; 4,279 in Frederick County; 3,207 in Harford County; 2,888 in Charles County; 2,157 in Wicomico County; 2,043 in Carroll County; 1,926 in Washington County; 1,363 in St. Mary’s County; 1,139 in Cecil County; 1,112 in Worcester County; 1,041 in Calvert County; 691 in Queen Anne’s County; 674 in Caroline County; 622 in Dorchester County; 584 in Talbot County; 504 in Allegany County; 329 in Somerset County; 316 in Kent County; and 76 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 4,886 are people age 9 or younger; 11,199 are people ages 10-19; 24,524 are people ages 20-29; 23,259 are people ages 30-39; 20,588 are people ages 40-49; 18,853 are people ages 50-59; 12,626 are people ages 60-69; 7,507 are people ages 70-79; and 5,983 are people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 68,229 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 61,196 as male.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 40,637 are Black, 27,663 are Hispanic, 33,120 are white, 2,456 are Asian, 5,957 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 19,592.

Nationwide, there have been at least 7,554,434 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 211,905 deaths and 2,999,895 recoveries. More than 111 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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