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.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Maryland decreased slightly on Wednesday after increasing for three consecutive days.

Of the 1,929 Marylanders who are currently hospitalized due to coronavirus, 1,475 are in acute care and 454 are in intensive care.

The number of people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 decreased by 23 patients compared to Tuesday, with 21 fewer acute care patients and two fewer intensive care patients.

Since the pandemic began, Maryland has hospitalized a total of 28,986 COVID-19 patients.

Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations have been on an upward trend since late September and the metric has increased for the past three days. After the number of COVID-19 patients reached 1,877 on Dec. 9, the metric rose to 1,895 on Dec. 10, 1,940 on Dec. 11, and 1,952 on Dec. 12.

At least 314,867 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,667,562 have tested negative as of Wednesday 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 2,516, an increase of about 0.81%.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that Maryland had detected its first two cases of a new, more contagious coronavirus variant.

Maryland has completed 6,254,353 coronavirus tests to date, with 34,334 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 8.53% of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 8.98% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 8.26% for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland on Wednesday reported 37 more coronavirus-related deaths, raising the number of Marylanders who have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19 to 6,223. There are also 171 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

A total of 164,907 Marylanders have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, with 12,778 of those people receiving it in the past 24 hours.

Of the state’s vaccine recipients, 12,704 individuals have received the second vaccine dose, including 3,049 people in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 60,972 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 52,368 in Montgomery County; 42,810 in Baltimore County; 34,678 in Baltimore City; 28,675 in Anne Arundel County; 13,676 in Frederick County; 12,954 in Howard County; 9,959 in Washington County; 9,848 in Harford County; 6,890 in Charles County; 6,061 in Carroll County; 5,799 in Allegany County; 5,442 in Wicomico County; 4,158 in Cecil County; 3,874 in St. Mary’s County; 2,821 in Calvert County; 2,642 in Worcester County; 2,034 in Somerset County; 2,029 in Queen Anne’s County; 1,658 in Dorchester County; 1,647 in Garrett County; 1,560 in Caroline County; 1,426 in Talbot County; and 886 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for coronavirus, 14,722 are people age 9 or younger; 29,164 are people ages 10-19; 57,920 are people ages 20-29; 54,983 are people ages 30-39; 48,506 are people ages 40-49; 47,402 are people ages 50-59; 31,756 are people ages 60-69; 18,157 are people ages 70-79; and 12,257 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 165,140 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 149,727 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 89,445 are Black, 52,739 are Hispanic, 105,437 are white, 6,692 are Asian, 14,673 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 45,881.

Nationwide, there have been at least 22,850,786 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 380,825 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 269.3 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 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