Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations rise for third straight day

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Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Maryland increased for the third consecutive day, state data show.

After Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations fell to 341 on Sunday, they rose to 362 on Monday, 365 on Tuesday and 370 today.

There are currently 370 Marylanders hospitalized with coronavirus, including 275 COVID-19 patients in acute care and 95 in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients rose by 12 while the number of intensive care patients declined by seven, marking a net increase of five more people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Tuesday.

The state has hospitalized a total of 14,672 people with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

At least 113,575 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,301,947 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 336, an increase of about 0.3 percent.

Maryland has completed 2,109,473 coronavirus tests to date, with 9,911 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 3.7 percent of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 4.96 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.9 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland reported nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 since Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatal cases to 3,672. There are also 144 people whose deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 27,163 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 20,838 in Montgomery County; 16,382 in Baltimore County; 15,037 in Baltimore City; 8,892 in Anne Arundel County; 4,652 in Howard County; 3,642 in Frederick County; 2,686 in Harford County; 2,503 in Charles County; 1,807 in Carroll County; 1,673 in Wicomico County; 1,416 in Washington County; 1,164 in St. Mary’s County; 899 in Worcester County; 862 in Cecil County; 838 in Calvert County; 591 in Queen Anne’s County; 572 in Caroline County; 502 in Dorchester County; 497 in Talbot County; 408 in Allegany County; 277 in Kent County; 209 in Somerset County; and 65 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 4,172 cases in people age 9 or younger; 8,699 in people ages 10-19; 20,902 in people ages 20-29; 20,906 in people ages 30-39; 18,539 in people ages 40-49; 16,675 in people ages 50-59; 11,259 in people ages 60-69; 6,805 in people ages 70-79; and 5,618 in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 60,090 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 53,485 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 36,495 have been Black, 25,397 have been Hispanic, 27,231 have been white, 2,176 have been Asian, 5,249 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 17,027.

Nationwide, there have been at least 6,329,861 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 189,718 deaths and 2,359,111 recoveries. More than 83.9 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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