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 continued to fall, with 50 fewer residents currently hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday.

The state’s current COVID-19 hospitalizations are below 700 patients for the first time since officials reported 655 patients hospitalized on Nov. 8.

Of the 680 Marylanders currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, 489 are in acute care and 191 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients fell by 41 while the number of intensive care patients declined by nine.

Maryland has recorded a total of 42,469 hospitalizations related to coronavirus to date.

At least 455,257 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 3,409,952 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 512, an increase of about 0.11%.

State officials reported 12 more deaths related to coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in Maryland to 8,716. There are also 192 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Maryland has completed 10,050,073 coronavirus tests to date, with 35,030 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 2.6% of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 2.8% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.43% for Marylanders older than 35.

A total of 2,467,163 Marylanders have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state data showed on Friday.

Of the two-dose vaccines, Maryland has administered a total of 2,929,115 first doses and 2,258,567 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, providers have administered 10,746 first doses and 33,049 second doses.

Maryland providers have also administered single-dose vaccines to a total of 208,596 people, including 1,353 doses that were reported in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 84,257 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 70,442 in Montgomery County; 64,882 in Baltimore County; 52,203 in Baltimore City; 43,359 in Anne Arundel County; 19,631 in Frederick County; 19,079 in Howard County; 16,374 in Harford County; 14,418 in Washington County; 10,713 in Charles County; 9,350 in Carroll County; 7,562 in Wicomico County; 6,921 in Allegany County; 6,208 in Cecil County; 5,958 in St. Mary’s County; 4,189 in Calvert County; 3,610 in Worcester County; 2,966 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,779 in Dorchester County; 2,576 in Somerset County; 2,302 in Caroline County; 2,129 in Talbot County; 2,013 in Garrett County; and 1,336 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 25,415 cases in people age 9 or younger; 46,740 in people ages 10-19; 83,534 in people ages 20-29; 77,977 in people ages 30-39; 67,929 in people ages 40-49; 67,866 in people ages 50-59; 45,188 in people ages 60-69; 24,832 in people ages 70-79; and 15,776 in people age 80 or older.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 140,398 are Black, 11,005 are Asian, 160,763 are white, 68,946 are Hispanic, 21,253 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,892.

The state has identified 238,047 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 217,210 as male.

Nationwide, there have been at least 32,853,960 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 584,510 deaths, 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 marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...