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.

The number of Marylanders currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 has decreased for nine consecutive days and has been trending downward since mid-April.

The state’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have decreased every day since the metric reached 1,130 on April 27.

Of the 901 Marylanders who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 663 are in acute care and 238 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients fell by 25 while the number of intensive care patients declined by eight, marking a net decrease of 33 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Wednesday.

To date, Maryland has hospitalized a total of 41,903 COVID-19 patients.

At least 451,267 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 3,367,609 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland’s coronavirus caseload grew by 578, an increase of about 0.13%.

A total of 8,631 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with nine additional deaths reported since Wednesday. There are also 191 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

The state has completed 9,832,902 coronavirus tests to date, with 28,072 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

An average of 3.66% of the state’s COVID-19 tests over the last seven days came back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 4.1% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 3.29% for Marylanders older than 35.

A total of 2,219,257 Marylanders have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state data showed on Thursday.

Of the two-dose vaccines, Maryland has administered a total of 2,828,179 first doses and 2,023,236 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, providers have administered 18,129 first doses and 30,921 second doses.

Maryland providers have also administered single-dose vaccines to a total of 196,021 people, including 2,187 doses that were reported in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 83,598 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 70,089 in Montgomery County; 64,193 in Baltimore County; 51,579 in Baltimore City; 42,886 in Anne Arundel County; 19,518 in Frederick County; 18,985 in Howard County; 16,207 in Harford County; 14,297 in Washington County; 10,626 in Charles County; 9,227 in Carroll County; 7,505 in Wicomico County; 6,871 in Allegany County; 6,124 in Cecil County; 5,894 in St. Mary’s County; 4,170 in Calvert County; 3,590 in Worcester County; 2,946 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,734 in Dorchester County; 2,548 in Somerset County; 2,269 in Caroline County; 2,097 in Talbot County; 1,992 in Garrett County; and 1,322 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 138,641 are Black, 10,923 are Asian, 159,245 are white, 68,482 are Hispanic, 21,076 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,900.

Maryland has identified 235,906 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 215,361 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 24,998 are people age 9 or younger; 46,137 are people ages 10-19; 82,839 are people ages 20-29; 77,272 are people ages 30-39; 67,402 are people ages 40-49; 67,378 are people ages 50-59; 44,867 are people ages 60-69; 24,669 are people ages 70-79; and 15,705 are people age 80 or older.

Nationwide, there have been at least 32,558,718 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 579,286 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 439.9 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Thursday, 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...