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.

Maryland’s seven-day average rate of positive coronavirus tests has risen slightly for seven consecutive days, according to data that the state released today.

After falling to 2.51 percent on Sept. 24, the average has increased slightly every day since. It now sits at 2.93 percent.

There are currently 323 Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus, including 243 in acute care and 80 in intensive care.

The number of Marylanders currently in intensive care rose by six. But with 14 fewer patients in acute care, Maryland experienced a net decrease of eight fewer people hospitalized due to COVID-19 compared to Thursday.

The state has hospitalized a total of15,574 people with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

At least 126,222 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,513,563 have tested negative as of Friday 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 712, an increase of about 0.6 percent.

Maryland reported 30,902 test results in the past 24 hours, the largest amount reported per day in the past week. The state has completed a total of 2,660,800 coronavirus tests to date.

On average, 2.93 percent of the state’s coronavirus tests over the last seven days have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.79 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.45 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland reported one additional coronavirus-related death since Thursday, bringing the state’s total number of fatal cases to 3,806. There are also 144 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 29,791 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 22,810 in Montgomery County; 18,213 in Baltimore County; 15,864 in Baltimore City; 10,264 in Anne Arundel County; 5,172 in Howard County; 4,144 in Frederick County; 3,101 in Harford County; 2,829 in Charles County; 2,025 in Wicomico County; 1,987 in Carroll County; 1,848 in Washington County; 1,330 in St. Mary’s County; 1,108 in Cecil County; 1,071 in Worcester County; 994 in Calvert County; 674 in Queen Anne’s County; 661 in Caroline County; 608 in Dorchester County; 574 in Talbot County; 484 in Allegany County; 305 in Kent County; 289 in Somerset County; and 76 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 4,723 are people age 9 or younger; 10,781 are people ages 10-19; 23,880 are people ages 20-29; 22,770 are people ages 30-39; 20,106 are people ages 40-49; 18,419 are people ages 50-59; 12,312 are people ages 60-69; 7,342 are people ages 70-79; and 5,889 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 66,585 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 59,637 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 39,848 are Black, 27,164 are Hispanic, 31,892 are white, 2,383 are Asian, 5,795 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 19,140.

Nationwide, there have been at least 7,280,182 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 207,818 deaths and 2,860,650 recoveries. More than 104.8 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Friday, 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...