Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations top 1,000 patients as new cases continue to surge

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Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Maryland have surpassed 1,000 patients for the first time since June, state data showed on Tuesday.

There are currently 1,046 Marylanders hospitalized due to coronavirus, a level that has not been reached since the state recorded 1,059 hospitalizations on June 6.

Maryland reported an additional 2,149 coronavirus cases, the second largest number of cases that the state has reported in a single day after Maryland recorded a pandemic high of 2,321 new cases on Saturday.

With the new cases reported on Tuesday, Maryland’s caseload has risen to 169,805. There have also been 1,965,796 Marylanders who have tested negative as of Tuesday, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

As coronavirus metrics continue to surge, Gov. Larry Hogan will announce additional actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during a press conference today at 2 p.m.

Local restrictions went into effect Thursday for Baltimore City, where Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young lowered the capacity of businesses and other places to 25%.

Young also ordered restaurants to close their indoor dining operations by 11 p.m. each night; he originally set that limit one hour earlier at 10 p.m. when he first announced the restrictions on Nov. 6.

County executives in Baltimore and Howard counties on Friday and Monday, respectively, also imposed coronavirus-related restrictions for their jurisdictions.

Maryland has completed 3,922,306 coronavirus tests to date, with 27,740 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

An average of 6.85% of the state’s coronavirus tests over the past seven days came back positive.

In May, the World Health Organization recommended that the positive test rate should be 5 percent or lower for 14 days in order for states to begin reopening.

Maryland’s seven-day average positive test rate has remained above 5% for nine consecutive days since crossing that threshold from 4.62% on Nov. 7 to 5.05% on Nov. 8.

Of the 1,046 Marylanders who are currently hospitalized due to coronavirus, 791 are in acute care and 255 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients climbed by 43 while the number of intensive care patients rose by 18, marking a net increase of 61 people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Monday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Maryland has hospitalized a total of 18,812 people due to COVID-19.

Maryland reported an additional 26 deaths, bringing the total number of fatal cases to 4,186. There are also 149 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 36,905 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 29,571 in Montgomery County; 24,897 in Baltimore County; 21,186 in Baltimore City; 14,480 in Anne Arundel County; 6,945 in Howard County; 5,703 in Frederick County; 4,828 in Harford County; 3,790 in Charles County; 3,112 in Washington County; 2,956 in Wicomico County; 2,780 in Carroll County; 1,771 in Allegany County; 1,771 in St. Mary’s County; 1,669 in Cecil County; 1,388 in Calvert County; 1,377 in Worcester County; 937 in Queen Anne’s County; 918 in Dorchester County; 823 in Caroline County; 719 in Talbot County; 575 in Somerset County; 376 in Kent County; and 328 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 6,842 are people age 9 or younger; 15,036 are people ages 10-19; 32,423 are people ages 20-29; 30,500 are people ages 30-39; 26,836 are people ages 40-49; 24,922 are people ages 50-59; 16,582 are people ages 60-69; 9,549 are people ages 70-79; and 7,115 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 89,315 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 80,490 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 51,416 are Black, 34,373 are Hispanic, 48,245 are white, 3,286 are Asian, 7,874 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 24,611.

Nationwide, there have been at least 11,214,231 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 247,356 deaths and 4,244,811 recoveries. The U.S. has conducted more than 164.3 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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