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.

After increasing for two days, Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations on Thursday dropped by 11 patients, to 436, state data show.

The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 648, an increase of 0.86 percent, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

At least 75,664 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 616,865 have tested negative as of Thursday morning.

Of Maryland’s confirmed coronavirus cases, 11,687 people were hospitalized at some point. There are currently 299 patients in acute care and 137 in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients decreased by 19 since Wednesday, while intensive care patients increased by eight.

Maryland reported an additional 16,891 test results in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s total number of tests to 872,832. Over the past seven days, an average of 4.61 percent of the state’s coronavirus tests have come back positive.

The state reported six additional deaths due to COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing the total number of fatal cases to 3,215. There are also 132 Marylanders whose deaths are suspected to be related to the virus.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 20,191 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 16,056 in Montgomery County; 9,261 in Baltimore County; 8,998 in Baltimore City; 5,735 in Anne Arundel County; 2,957 in Howard County; 2,655 in Frederick County; 1,567 in Charles County; 1,336 in Harford County; 1,235 in Carroll County; 1,164 in Wicomico County; 743 in Washington County; 739 in St. Mary’s County; 538 in Cecil County; 467 in Calvert County; 355 in Worcester County; 350 in Caroline County; 301 in Queen Anne’s County; 231 in Dorchester County; 224 Allegany County; 216 in Talbot County; 211 in Kent County; 105 in Somerset County; and 29 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 2,387 have been people age 9 or younger; 4,207 have been people ages 10-19; 11,972 have been people ages 20-29; 14,183 have been people ages 30-39; 13,142 have been people ages 40-49; 11,639 have been people ages 50-59; 8,243 have been people ages 60-69; 5,173 have been people ages 70-79; and 4,718 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 39,437 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 36,227 as male.

Of the state’s confirmed cases, 22,000 have been Black, 19,937 have been Hispanic, 15,599 have been white, 1,475 have been Asian, 3,608 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 13,045.

Nationwide, there have been at least 3,499,771 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 137,419 deaths and 1,075,882 recoveries. More than 42.5 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 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...