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.

An average of 9.47% of Maryland’s coronavirus tests over the last seven days came back positive, marking the highest seven-day average positive test rate since June.

The state has seen its average positivity rate rise for seven consecutive days.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 10.11% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 9.11% for Marylanders older than 35.

At least 287,802 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,569,672 have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s coronavirus caseload grew by 2,483, an increase of 0.87%.

Maryland has completed 5,869,617 coronavirus tests to date, with 35,493 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

The state’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations also continues to grow, with 42 more people hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to Sunday.

Of the 1,751 Marylanders currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 1,333 are in acute care and 418 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients climbed by 36 while the number of intensive care patients grew by six.

Since the pandemic began, Maryland has hospitalized a total of 27,367 coronavirus patients.

A total of 5,859 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 33 additional deaths reported since Sunday. There are also 168 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

The state reported that 2,112 Marylanders received a vaccine dose in the past 24 hours, and a total of 65,692 Marylanders have received the vaccine to date.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 56,391 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 48,089 in Montgomery County; 39,851 in Baltimore County; 32,503 in Baltimore City; 25,629 in Anne Arundel County; 12,054 in Frederick County; 11,657 in Howard County; 8,957 in Harford County; 8,766 in Washington County; 6,288 in Charles County; 5,524 in Allegany County; 5,392 in Carroll County; 4,896 in Wicomico County; 3,744 in Cecil County; 3,413 in St. Mary’s County; 2,378 in Calvert County; 2,316 in Worcester County; 1,848 in Somerset County; 1,745 in Queen Anne’s County; 1,515 in Garrett County; 1,438 in Dorchester County; 1,378 in Caroline County; 1,247 in Talbot County; and 783 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 13,202 are people age 9 or younger; 26,159 are people ages 10-19; 53,055 are people ages 20-29; 50,500 are people ages 30-39; 44,481 are people ages 40-49; 43,330 are people ages 50-59; 29,009 are people ages 60-69; 16,633 are people ages 70-79; and 11,433 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 151,053 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 136,749 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 82,912 are Black, 49,403 are Hispanic, 94,324 are white, 6,019 are Asian, 13,280 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 41,864.

Nationwide, there have been at least 20,640,214 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 351,590 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 252.9 million coronavirus tests 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...