This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Maryland’s seven-day average rate of positive coronavirus tests continues to decline to a new low of 2.51 percent, according to data that the state released today.

The average has decreased for 10 straight days since reaching 3.62 percent on Sept. 14.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.34 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.05 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

At least 122,359 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,450,125 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 559, an increase of 0.45 percent.

Maryland has completed 2,494,019 coronavirus tests to date, with 29,092 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

After coronavirus-related hospitalizations saw a four-day increase, the metric has now decreased slightly.

Of the 344 Marylanders who are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, 265 are in acute care and 79 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by three while the number of intensive care patients declined by two, marking a net decrease of five fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Thursday.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 15,328 people with coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state reported seven additional coronavirus-related deaths since Thursday, bringing the total number of fatal cases to 3,772. There are also 145 people whose deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 28,995 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 22,185 in Montgomery County; 17,720 in Baltimore County; 15,431 in Baltimore City; 9,873 in Anne Arundel County; 5,013 in Howard County; 3,995 in Frederick County; 2,986 in Harford County; 2,745 in Charles County; 1,949 in Wicomico County; 1,937 in Carroll County; 1,720 in Washington County; 1,274 in St. Mary’s County; 1,040 in Worcester County; 1,038 in Cecil County; 933 in Calvert County; 652 in Queen Anne’s County; 640 in Caroline County; 587 in Dorchester County; 551 in Talbot County; 460 in Allegany County; 300 in Kent County; 263 in Somerset County; and 72 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 4,532 cases in people age 9 or younger; 10,212 in people ages 10-19; 23,055 in people ages 20-29; 22,163 in people ages 30-39; 19,617 in people ages 40-49; 17,864 in people ages 50-59; 11,962 in people ages 60-69; 7,145 in people ages 70-79; and 5,809 in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 64,657 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 57,702 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 38,869 have been Black, 26,621 have been Hispanic, 30,474 have been white, 2,326 have been Asian, 5,616 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 18,453.

Nationwide, there have been at least 6,980,351 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 202,827 deaths and 2,710,183 recoveries. More than 98.4 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