Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care admissions remain relatively flat

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The rate of people being hospitalized for coronavirus and the number of patients in intensive care are relatively flat, state data show.

Gov. Larry Hogan has said state officials are primarily focusing on those measurements to help determine when Maryland might be able to begin easing restrictions and “reopening” the state. Once those figures have experienced a plateau with no dramatic “spikes” for at least 14 days, the state could begin reopening, Hogan said.

Since April 20, the number of people in intensive care hovered has between 500 and 600. Last Thursday, the state reported 590 people in intensive care units, but the number has started trending downward. There were 568 on Friday, 566 on Saturday, 565 on Sunday and 563 today.

The total number of people who were hospitalized has decreased slightly since April 30, when more than 1,700 beds were occupied. There are now 1,649 people currently hospitalized. Of those, 1,086 are in acute care and 563 are in intensive care.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 5,199 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point.

At least 26,408 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 110,587 have tested negative as of Monday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 946, an increase of 3.7 percent.

Maryland’s number of positive cases continues to make up about 19 percent of all test results in the state–about the same percentage that state officials reported last week.

A total of 1,216 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 34 additional deaths since Sunday. There are also 101 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

There have been 1,695 people who isolated and were eventually released.

Among nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes in Maryland, there have been at least 3,218 resident cases, 525 resident deaths, 1,489 staff cases and eight staff deaths.

In state and local congregate facilities, such as correctional facilities and detention centers, there have been 265 staff cases, no staff deaths, 57 inmate cases, two inmate deaths, 60 patient cases, one patient death, and no youth cases or youth deaths.

ZIP codes 21215, including Northwest Baltimore City and parts of Baltimore County, and 21228, including the Catonsville area of Baltimore County, are among the top 10 Maryland ZIP codes with the largest number of COVID-19 cases. Those areas have 404 and 331 cases, respectively.

But the top five ZIP codes are all concentrated in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The 20783 ZIP code in Prince George’s County, including the Lewsidale and Adelphi neighborhoods, has the most people test positive for COVID-19 with 859 cases.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 7,598 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 5,384 in Montgomery County; 3,448 in Baltimore County; 2,411 in Baltimore City; 2,018 in Anne Arundel County; 1,038 in Frederick County; 992 in Howard County; 651 in Charles County; 506 in Carroll County; 491 in Harford County; 480 in Wicomico County; 237 in Washington County; 194 in Cecil County; 171 in Calvert County; 168 in St. Mary’s County; 126 in Allegany County; 98 in Caroline County; 95 in Kent County; 80 in Worcester County; 75 in Dorchester; 63 in Queen Anne’s County; 45 in Talbot County; 35 in Somerset County; four in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 385 have been people age 9 or younger; 769 have been people ages 10-19; 3,184 have been people ages 20-29; 4,550 have been people ages 30-39; 4,696 have been people ages 40-49; 4,687 have been people ages 50-59; 3,569 have been people ages 60-69; 2,424 have been people ages 70-79; and 2,144 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 13,936 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 12,472 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 9,147 have been black, 5,873 have been white, 4,892 have been Hispanic, 547 have been Asian, 1,040 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 4,909.

Nationwide, there have been at least 1,159,245 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 67,710 deaths and 180,152 recoveries. More than 7 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Monday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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