Maryland’s coronavirus deaths are slowly decreasing

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Maryland reported 10 or fewer deaths each day for the past two weeks, state data show.

The state’s number of daily reported fatal cases has been gradually declining.

In the previous two-week period, Aug. 22 to Sept. 4, the state reported 10 or fewer deaths per day for 11 of the 14 days.

And before that, from Aug. 8 to Aug. 21, there were 10 days in which 10 or fewer Marylanders had died from coronavirus.

The 14-day average number of newly reported deaths in Maryland is six, down from an average of seven deaths per day before that, according to The Baltimore Sun‘s data tracker.

State health officials today reported seven additional deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus fatalities to 3,724. There are also 145 people whose deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

At least 119,062 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,385,805 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 543, an increase of about 0.5 percent.

The state has completed 2,324,252 coronavirus tests to date, with 24,644 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

On average, 3.21 percent of Maryland’s coronavirus tests over the last seven days came back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 4.49 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.46 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 15,070 coronavirus patients since the beginning of the pandemic, including 347 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those 347 current patients, 263 are in acute care and 84 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by seven while the number of intensive care patients rose by one, marking a net decrease of six fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Thursday.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 28,361 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 21,640 in Montgomery County; 17,288 in Baltimore County; 15,177 in Baltimore City; 9,504 in Anne Arundel County; 4,881 in Howard County; 3,851 in Frederick County; 2,900 in Harford County; 2,664 in Charles County; 1,891 in Carroll County; 1,855 in Wicomico County; 1,589 in Washington County; 1,241 in St. Mary’s County; 975 in Worcester County; 968 in Cecil County; 901 in Calvert County; 630 in Queen Anne’s County; 622 in Caroline County; 557 in Dorchester County; 524 in Talbot County; 439 in Allegany County; 293 in Kent County; 240 in Somerset County; and 71 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 4,389 cases in people age 9 or younger; 9,707 in people ages 10-19; 22,285 in people ages 20-29; 21,649 in people ages 30-39; 19,184 in people ages 40-49; 17,402 in people ages 50-59; 11,677 in people ages 60-69; 7,026 in people ages 70-79; and 5,743 in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 62,953 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 56,109 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 37,992 have been Black, 26,124 have been Hispanic, 29,269 have been white, 2,266 have been Asian, 5,482 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 17,929.

Nationwide, there have been at least 6,677,516 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 197,682 deaths and 2,540,334 recoveries. More than 91.5 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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