Maryland’s average rate of positive coronavirus tests declines for three straight days

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The rate of positive coronavirus tests in Maryland declined over the weekend, state data show.

After Maryland’s seven-day average positive test rate reached 3.76 percent on Thursday, it decreased the next three days until falling to 3.54 percent on Sunday.

At least 116,646 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,348,217 have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland’s coronavirus caseload rose by 536, an increase of about 0.5 percent.

The state reported 19,197 test results in the past 24 hours and has completed a total of 2,226,655 coronavirus tests to date.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 5.05 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.7 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

There are currently 347 Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus, with 257 in acute care and 90 in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by five while the number of intensive care patients increased by one, marking a net decrease of four fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Sunday.

Since the pandemic began, Maryland has hospitalized a total of 14,884 people due to COVID-19.

Maryland reported one additional coronavirus-related death since Sunday, bringing the total number of fatal cases to 3,696. There are also 143 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 27,760 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 21,281 in Montgomery County; 16,797 in Baltimore County; 15,299 in Baltimore City; 9,191 in Anne Arundel County; 4,787 in Howard County; 3,756 in Frederick County; 2,834 in Harford County; 2,591 in Charles County; 1,863 in Carroll County; 1,778 in Wicomico County; 1,506 in Washington County; 1,197 in St. Mary’s County; 948 in Worcester County; 918 in Cecil County; 874 in Calvert County; 612 in Queen Anne’s County; 609 in Caroline County; 530 in Dorchester County; 512 in Talbot County; 424 in Allegany County; 291 in Kent County; 220 in Somerset County; and 68 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 4,291 have been people age 9 or younger; 9,288 have been people ages 10-19; 21,693 have been people ages 20-29; 21,279 have been people ages 30-39; 18,926 have been people ages 40-49; 17,067 have been people ages 50-59; 11,491 have been people ages 60-69; 6,916 have been people ages 70-79; and 5,695 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 61,657 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 54,989 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 37,280 have been Black, 28,441 have been white, 25,766 have been Hispanic, 2,222 have been Asian, 5,402 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 17,535.

Nationwide, there have been at least 6,521,599 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 194,107 deaths and 2,451,406 recoveries. More than 88.8 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.

Marcus Dieterle

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