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The average number of newly reported coronavirus cases and deaths in Maryland are declining, state data show.

At least 64,603 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 410,122 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 297, an increase of about 0.5 percent.

A total of 2,945 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with eight additional deaths since Sunday. There are also 129 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

The 14-day average number of newly reported cases has decreased for 17 consecutive days since reaching 882 on June 5, and the metric has followed a downward trend for about three weeks, according to the Baltimore Sun‘s data tracker.

The 14-day average number of newly reported deaths has not increased for 13 consecutive days since reaching 34 on June 9, and the metric has followed a downward trend for about six weeks, according to the Sun‘s tracker.

Maryland has conducted at least 572,731 COVID-19 tests to date, with 7,433 of those test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the past seven days, an average of 5.03 percent of tests in Maryland have come back positive. Public health experts recommend a positive test rate of 10 percent or lower.

Maryland’s average rate of positive tests has not increased for 12 consecutive days since reaching 7.25 percent on June 10, and the metric has followed a downward trend since peaking at 26.92 on April 17.

The five largest jurisdictions in Maryland have seen slow upticks in the number of residents they’ve tested, one week after state health officials urged them to test at least 10 percent of the population.

Baltimore City leads the way with a total of 9.1 percent of residents tested for COVID-19.  Meanwhile, 8.5 percent of Prince George’s County, 8.3 percent of Baltimore County, 7.8 percent of Montgomery County and 6.3 percent of Anne Arundel County residents have been tested.

Somerset County has tested 18.5 percent of its population, the greatest percentage of any of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions. Dorchester, Kent and Wicomico counties are the only other jurisdictions that have tested more than 10 percent of the populations, having tested 10.8 percent, 10.5 percent, and 10.4 percent, respectively.

Queen Anne’s County has tested 4.6 percent of its population, the lowest percentage in the state.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 10,572 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 602 who are currently hospitalized.

Maryland’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have decreased for 26 consecutive days since reaching 1,338 on May 27, and the metric has trended downward for about seven weeks.

Of those currently hospitalized, 370 are in acute care and 232 are in intensive care.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units increased for the first time in more than two weeks. The metric had previously declined for 19 consecutive days since reaching 481 on June 2, and the metric has been following a downward trend for more than a month.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 17,874 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 14,079 in Montgomery County; 7,537 in Baltimore County; 7,053 in Baltimore City; 4,904 in Anne Arundel County; 2,423 in Howard County; 2,393 in Frederick County; 1,313 in Charles County; 1,056 in Harford County; 1,043 in Wicomico County; 1,030 in Carroll County; 603 in Washington County; 602 in St. Mary’s County; 460 in Cecil County; 394 in Calvert County; 294 in Caroline County; 271 in Worcester County; 205 in Queen Anne’s County; 193 in Kent County; 188 in Allegany County; 183 in Dorchester County; 115 in Talbot County; 83 in Somerset County; and 10 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 1,893 have been people age 9 or younger; 3,216 have been people ages 10-19; 9,350 have been people ages 20-29; 12,029 have been people ages 30-39; 11,535 have been people ages 40-49; 10,224 have been people ages 50-59; 7,307 have been people ages 60-69; 4,667 have been people ages 70-79; and 4,382 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 33,580 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 31,023 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 18,657 have been Black, 17,580 have been Hispanic, 12,693 have been white, 1,271 have been Asian, 3,251 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 11,151.

Nationwide, there have been at least 2,281,069 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 119,977 deaths and 622,133 recoveries. More than 27 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 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...