Maryland’s average rate of positive tests dips below 4 percent for first time

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Maryland’s seven-day average rate of coronavirus tests that have come back positive reached 3.9 percent, marking the first time that average has dipped below 4 percent since the beginning of the pandemic, state data show.

The state’s average positivity rate peaked at 26.92 percent on April 17.

State officials on Thursday began reporting a breakdown of positive test rates for two age groups: Marylanders younger than 35 and Marylanders older than 35.

On Friday, the average positivity rate decreased to 5.35 percent for younger Marylanders and 3.19 percent for older Marylanders.

Older Marylanders had a higher percentage of positive coronavirus tests at the beginning of the pandemic. But younger Marylanders surpassed the older group’s positive test rate in early May and have maintained a larger percentage since then.

Maryland has confirmed 93,806 positive coronavirus cases, while 913,018 residents 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 801, an increase of 0.86 percent.

Maryland has completed 1,377,459 coronavirus tests to date, with 28,579 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 12,978 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point.

There are currently 535 Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus, including 396 patients who are in acute care and 139 patients who are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients decreased by three and the number of intensive care patients decreased by four, marking a net decrease of seven fewer people hospitalized with COVID-19 since Thursday.

A total of 3,429 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 13 additional deaths reported since Thursday. There are also 136 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 23,225 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 18,032 in Montgomery County; 12,777 in Baltimore County; 12,075 in Baltimore City; 7,200 in Anne Arundel County; 3,729 in Howard County; 3,032 in Frederick County; 1,961 in Charles County; 1,906 in Harford County; 1,516 in Carroll County; 1,322 in Wicomico County; 996 in Washington County; 951 in St. Mary’s County; 681 in Cecil County; 667 in Calvert County; 664 in Worcester County; 444 in Caroline County; 406 in Queen Anne’s County; 371 in Talbot County; 360 in Dorchester County; 279 Allegany County; 236 in Kent County; 130 in Somerset County; and 45 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 3,147 have been people age 9 or younger; 5,930 have been people ages 10-19; 16,244 have been people ages 20-29; 17,492 have been people ages 30-39; 15,620 have been people ages 40-49; 13,898 have been people ages 50-59; 9,565 have been people ages 60-69; 5,927 have been people ages 70-79; and 5,182 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 48,931 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 44,074 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 28,784 have been Black, 23,367 have been Hispanic, 20,294 have been white, 1,687 have been Asian, 4,098 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 14,775.

Nationwide, there have been at least 4,884,985 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 160,115 deaths and 1,598,624 recoveries. More than 59.6 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.

Marcus Dieterle

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