This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

The number of Marylanders currently hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped by 34 patients, with the state reporting 521 coronavirus-related hospitalizations on Friday.

Of those currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, 379 are in acute care and 142 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients fell by 33 while the number of intensive care patients declined by one.

Maryland has recorded a total of 42,864 coronavirus-related hospitalizations to date.

At least 457,527 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 3,439,448 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

With 443 COVID-19 newly reported in Maryland on Friday, the state’s coronavirus caseload increased by about 0.1%.

State officials on Friday reported that 14 more Marylanders have died from COVID-19, raising Maryland’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 8,782. There are also 191 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Maryland has completed 10,208,203 coronavirus tests to date, with 29,162 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 2.07% of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive.

The average positivity rate rose slightly from 2.06% on Thursday.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 2.28% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 1.92% for Marylanders older than 35.

A total of 2,713,830 Marylanders have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state data showed on Friday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported that 67.6% Marylanders age 18 or older have received at least one vaccine dose.

Of the two-dose vaccines, Maryland has administered a total of 3,094,723 first doses and 2,490,814 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, providers have administered 27,730 first doses and 36,556 second doses.

Maryland providers have also administered single-dose vaccines to a total of 223,016 people, including 2,176 doses that were reported in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 84,689 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 70,645 in Montgomery County; 65,225 in Baltimore County; 52,512 in Baltimore City; 43,590 in Anne Arundel County; 19,704 in Frederick County; 19,147 in Howard County; 16,479 in Harford County; 14,500 in Washington County; 10,757 in Charles County; 9,415 in Carroll County; 7,612 in Wicomico County; 6,963 in Allegany County; 6,259 in Cecil County; 5,996 in St. Mary’s County; 4,199 in Calvert County; 3,616 in Worcester County; 2,976 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,810 in Dorchester County; 2,592 in Somerset County; 2,326 in Caroline County; 2,147 in Talbot County; 2,024 in Garrett County; and 1,344 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 25,638 cases in people age 9 or younger; 47,112 in people ages 10-19; 83,917 in people ages 20-29; 78,380 in people ages 30-39; 68,227 in people ages 40-49; 68,134 in people ages 50-59; 45,369 in people ages 60-69; 24,921 in people ages 70-79; and 15,829 in people age 80 or older.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 141,524 are Black, 11,059 are Asian, 161,627 are white, 69,249 are Hispanic, 21,358 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,710.

The state has identified 239,302 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 218,225 as male.

Nationwide, there have been at least 33,057,486 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 588,548 deaths. The U.S. has administered 278,916,960 coronavirus vaccine doses to date 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