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.

The seven-day average rate of positive coronavirus tests has remained above 8% for the second consecutive day after staying below that mark for 22 days before that.

The average remained between 7% and 8% from Dec. 6 to Dec. 27, until it rose to 8.1 on Dec. 28. It has increased for the past three days.

Over the last seven days, an average of 8.22% of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 8.53% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 8.06% for Marylanders older than 35.

At least 273,689 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,516,856 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s coronavirus caseload grew by 2,628, an increase of 0.97%.

Maryland has completed 5,672,680 coronavirus tests to date, with 40,279 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

There are currently 1,756 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Maryland, including 1,346 in acute care and 410 in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients climbed by 41 while the number of intensive care patients fell by 10, marking a net increase of 31 more people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Tuesday.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 26,447 people due to coronavirus to date.

The state reported 45 coronavirus-related deaths since Tuesday. A total of 5,681 Marylanders have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19, while another 167 people’s deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 54,127 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 45,791 in Montgomery County; 38,280 in Baltimore County; 31,312 in Baltimore City; 24,045 in Anne Arundel County; 11,100 in Frederick County; 11,088 in Howard County; 8,475 in Harford County; 8,005 in Washington County; 5,987 in Charles County; 5,374 in Allegany County; 5,101 in Carroll County; 4,617 in Wicomico County; 3,535 in Cecil County; 3,202 in St. Mary’s County; 2,205 in Calvert County; 2,122 in Worcester County; 1,781 in Somerset County; 1,614 in Queen Anne’s County; 1,439 in Garrett County; 1,337 in Dorchester County; 1,295 in Caroline County; 1,135 in Talbot County; and 722 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 12,351 are people age 9 or younger; 24,706 are people ages 10-19; 50,679 are people ages 20-29; 48,146 are people ages 30-39; 42,462 are people ages 40-49; 41,105 are people ages 50-59; 27,484 are people ages 60-69; 15,804 are people ages 70-79; and 10,952 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 143,623 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 130,066 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 79,556 are Black, 47,657 are Hispanic, 88,461 are white, 5,701 are Asian, 12,596 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 39,718.

Nationwide, there have been at least 19,516,198 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 338,658 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 245 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 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...