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.

There are now 1,862 Marylanders hospitalized with coronavirus, marking the largest number of hospitalizations in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state’s previous record number of current hospitalizations was 1,799 on Dec. 15.

Maryland’s current hospitalizations grew by 91 patients on Wednesday.

The state’s number of acute care COVID-19 patients climbed by 57 to reach 1,418 patients, while the number intensive care COVID-19 patients rose by 34 to reach 444 patients.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 27,711 people with coronavirus to date.

At least 292,904 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,586,246 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 3,146, an increase of 1.09%.

Maryland has completed 5,932,780 coronavirus tests to date, with 38,660 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 9.44% of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 10.5% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 8.84% for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland on Wednesday reported 47 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the state’s total number of COVID-19 fatalities to 5,960. There are also 169 Marylanders whose deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

The state reported 9,491 vaccinations in the past 24 hours, and a total of 86,733 vaccinations to date.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 57,286 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 48,864 in Montgomery County; 40,428 in Baltimore County; 32,982 in Baltimore City; 26,130 in Anne Arundel County; 12,309 in Frederick County; 11,885 in Howard County; 9,116 in Harford County; 9,083 in Washington County; 6,396 in Charles County; 5,622 in Allegany County; 5,538 in Carroll County; 5,006 in Wicomico County; 3,831 in Cecil County; 3,476 in St. Mary’s County; 2,427 in Calvert County; 2,362 in Worcester County; 1,897 in Somerset County; 1,795 in Queen Anne’s County; 1,543 in Garrett County; 1,458 in Dorchester County; 1,400 in Caroline County; 1,268 in Talbot County; and 802 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 13,467 cases in people age 9 or younger; 26,685 in people ages 10-19; 54,057 in people ages 20-29; 51,321 in people ages 30-39; 45,270 in people ages 40-49; 44,079 in people ages 50-59; 29,520 in people ages 60-69; 16,936 in people ages 70-79; and 11,569 in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 153,671 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 139,233 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 84,111 are Black, 50,017 are Hispanic, 96,496 are white, 6,129 are Asian, 13,534 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 42,617.

Nationwide, there have been at least 21,055,486 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 357,422 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 256.2 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 marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...