Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations drop after yesterday’s large rise

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The number of Marylanders currently hospitalized due to coronavirus dropped by 24 patients on Wednesday, the same amount that the metric increased by on Tuesday, state data show.

On Tuesday, Maryland saw the largest one-day increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in about a month and a half.

Maryland’s current COVID-19 hospitalizations have returned to 347 — the same amount recorded on Monday.

Of the state’s 347 currently hospitalized coronavirus patients, 261 are in acute care and 86 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients fell by 17 while the number of intensive care patients declined by seven, marking a net decrease of 24 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Tuesday.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 14,959 people with coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

At least 117,888 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,365,070 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland reported an additional 643 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 0.5 percent.

The state has completed 2,272,265 coronavirus tests to date, with 26,599 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

An average of 3.44 percent of Maryland’s coronavirus tests over the last seven days came back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 4.85 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.64 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

A total of 3,712 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with six additional deaths reported since Tuesday. There are also 143 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 27,891 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 21,375 in Montgomery County; 16,905 in Baltimore County; 15,236 in Baltimore City; 9,302 in Anne Arundel County; 4,809 in Howard County; 3,785 in Frederick County; 2,846 in Harford County; 2,607 in Charles County; 1,871 in Carroll County; 1,819 in Wicomico County; 1,525 in Washington County; 1,202 in St. Mary’s County; 953 in Worcester County; 942 in Cecil County; 881 in Calvert County; 613 in Queen Anne’s County; 612 in Caroline County; 538 in Dorchester County; 515 in Talbot County; 429 in Allegany County; 293 in Kent County; 225 in Somerset County; and 71 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 4,345 have been people age 9 or younger; 9,518 have been people ages 10-19; 21,985 have been people ages 20-29; 21,457 have been people ages 30-39; 19,047 have been people ages 40-49; 17,222 have been people ages 50-59; 11,604 have been people ages 60-69; 6,981 have been people ages 70-79; and 5,729 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 62,290 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 55,598 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 37,639 have been Black, 25,940 have been Hispanic, 28,864 have been white, 2,249 have been Asian, 5,437 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 17,759.

Nationwide, there have been at least 6,606,998 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 195,962 deaths and 2,495,127 recoveries. More than 89.9 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

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