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 has risen for five of the past six days, and that average now stands at 3.35 percent, state data show.

After falling to an all-time low of 3.08 percent on Aug. 20, the average positive test rate increased to 3.09 percent on Aug. 21, 3.13 percent on Aug. 22, and 3.27 percent on Aug. 23.

The average then dipped slightly to 3.25 percent on Aug. 24, but it climbed again to 3.35 percent today.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests is 3.74 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 3.08 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

Since the pandemic began, Maryland has confirmed 105,486 COVID-19 cases, while a total of 1,157,685 residents have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s coronavirus caseload rose by 440, an increase of 0.4 percent.

Maryland saw its number of residents hospitalized due to coronavirus grow by 21 patients on Wednesday, with increases among COVID-19 patients in acute and intensive care, state data show.

Of the 432 Marylanders who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 326 are in acute care and 106 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients climbed by 12 while the number of intensive care patients rose by nine, marking a net increase of 21 more people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Tuesday.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 14,090 coronavirus patients to date.

The state has completed 1,819,950 coronavirus tests to date, with 12,377 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Maryland reported 10 additional deaths due to coronavirus since Tuesday, raising the state’s total number of fatal cases to 3,574. There are also 143 people whose deaths are suspected to be related to the virus.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 25,705 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 19,646 in Montgomery County; 14,912 in Baltimore County; 14,172 in Baltimore City; 8,091 in Anne Arundel County; 4,282 in Howard County; 3,404 in Frederick County; 2,357 in Harford County; 2,319 in Charles County; 1,660 in Carroll County; 1,488 in Wicomico County; 1,258 in Washington County; 1,089 in St. Mary’s County; 785 in Worcester County; 768 in Calvert County; 766 in Cecil County; 524 in Queen Anne’s County; 481 in Caroline County; 459 in Talbot County; 430 in Dorchester County; 388 in Allegany County; 256 in Kent County; 183 in Somerset County; and 63 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 3,803 have been people age 9 or younger; 7,322 have been people ages 10-19; 18,801 have been people ages 20-29; 19,635 have been people ages 30-39; 17,431 have been people ages 40-49; 15,559 have been people ages 50-59; 10,588 have been people ages 60-69; 6,455 have been people ages 70-79; and 5,452 have been people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 55,487 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 49,559 as male.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 33,622 have been Black, 25,419 have been Hispanic, 23,574 have been white, 1,936 have been Asian, 4,610 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 15,885.

Nationwide, there have been at least 5,780,141 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 178,538 deaths and 2,053,699 recoveries. More than 73.5 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.

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