Maryland’s average positive test rate dips below 4% for first time since November

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Maryland’s seven-day average positive test rate dipped below 4% for the first time since November, state data showed on Monday.

An average of 3.91% of the state’s COVID-19 tests over the last seven days came back positive.

The last time the average was lower than 4% was when it reached 3.93% on Nov. 2.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.99% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 3.86% for Marylanders older than 35.

At least 376,966 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,964,696 have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 611, an increase of 0.16%.

Maryland has completed 7,677,006 coronavirus tests to date, with 22,188 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the weekend, Maryland’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations dipped below 1,000 for the first time since Nov. 16, with 973 hospitalizations on Sunday.

The number of Marylanders hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Monday increased by 19, with 27 more acute care patients and eight fewer intensive care patients compared to Sunday.

Of the state’s 992 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, 716 are in acute care and 276 are in intensive care.

Since the pandemic began, the state has hospitalized a total of 34,493 people with coronavirus.

A total of 7,550 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 17 additional deaths reported since Sunday. There are also 182 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of Monday morning, 737,339 Marylanders have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Of those Marylanders, 349,747 have also received the second vaccine dose.

In the past 24 hours, Maryland providers have administered 8,788 first doses and 10,952 second doses.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 72,250 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 62,523 in Montgomery County; 50,132 in Baltimore County; 39,899 in Baltimore City; 35,166 in Anne Arundel County; 16,715 in Frederick County; 15,568 in Howard County; 12,309 in Harford County; 12,249 in Washington County; 8,751 in Charles County; 7,447 in Carroll County; 6,698 in Wicomico County; 6,393 in Allegany County; 5,011 in St. Mary’s County; 4,974 in Cecil County; 3,620 in Calvert County; 3,229 in Worcester County; 2,549 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,365 in Somerset County; 2,306 in Dorchester County; 2,021 in Caroline County; 1,851 in Talbot County; 1,835 in Garrett County; and 1,105 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 18,716 are people age 9 or younger; 35,954 are people ages 10-19; 68,380 are people ages 20-29; 64,832 are people ages 30-39; 57,241 are people ages 40-49; 56,909 are people ages 50-59; 38,475 are people ages 60-69; 21,900 are people ages 70-79; and 14,539 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 197,441 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 179,525 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 107,690 are Black, 60,862 are Hispanic, 130,102 are white, 8,461 are Asian, 17,710 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,141.

Nationwide, there have been at least 28,135,045 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 2,468,646 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 340.6 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.

Marcus Dieterle

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