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 in Maryland has increased slightly for five consecutive days, state data show.

After the average fell to 2.51 percent on Sept. 24, it has increased every day since and reached 2.68 percent on Wednesday.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.39 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.28 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

At least 124,725 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,493,282 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland’s coronavirus caseload rose by 414, an increase of 0.3 percent.

The state has completed 2,605,913 coronavirus tests to date, with 17,223 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

There are currently 334 Marylanders hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 10 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Tuesday.

Of those currently hospitalized, 257 are in acute care and 77 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by eight while the number of intensive care patients declined by two.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 15,530 people with COVID-19 to date.

A total of 3,805 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with three additional deaths reported since Tuesday. There are also 144 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 29,494 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 22,584 in Montgomery County; 17,994 in Baltimore County; 15,629 in Baltimore City; 10,117 in Anne Arundel County; 5,120 in Howard County; 4,088 in Frederick County; 3,060 in Harford County; 2,798 in Charles County; 2,009 in Wicomico County; 1,965 in Carroll County; 1,827 in Washington County; 1,310 in St. Mary’s County; 1,085 in Cecil County; 1,058 in Worcester County; 972 in Calvert County; 666 in Queen Anne’s County; 657 in Caroline County; 594 in Dorchester County; 568 in Talbot County; 474 in Allegany County; 305 in Kent County; 277 in Somerset County; and 74 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 4,656 are people age 9 or younger; 10,521 are people ages 10-19; 23,564 are people ages 20-29; 22,550 are people ages 30-39; 19,913 are people ages 40-49; 18,223 are people ages 50-59; 12,175 are people ages 60-69; 7,262 are people ages 70-79; and 5,861 are people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 65,893 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 58,832 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 39,508 are Black, 26,961 are Hispanic, 31,329 are white, 2,361 are Asian, 5,724 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 18,842.

Nationwide, there have been at least 7,191,519 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 206,005 deaths and 2,813,305 recoveries. More than 103.1 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 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