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After increasing for four consecutive days this week, Maryland’s current hospitalizations due to coroanvirus decreased on Friday, state data show.

The number of residents hospitalized with COVID-19 rose from 320 on Sunday to 403 on Thursday before declining to 391 today.

Of the Marylanders who are currently hospitalized because of coronavirus, 295 are in acute care and 96 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by 10 while the number of intensive care patients declined by two, marking a net decrease of 12 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Thursday.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 15,956 people with COVID-19 during the pandemic.

At least 130,159 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,577,208 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s coronavirus caseload rose by 734, an increase of about 0.6 percent.

Maryland has completed 2,829,423 coronavirus tests to date, with 27,120 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

In the last seven days, an average of 2.87 percent of coronavirus tests in Maryland came back positive, a slight decrease of 0.08 percentage points compared to Thursday.

Before today, the state’s average rate of positive tests had increased for three consecutive days.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.43 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.56 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

A total of 3,845 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 10 additional deaths reported since Thursday. There are also 145 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 30,502 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 23,403 in Montgomery County; 18,792 in Baltimore County; 16,354 in Baltimore City; 10,655 in Anne Arundel County; 5,357 in Howard County; 4,297 in Frederick County; 3,227 in Harford County; 2,904 in Charles County; 2,175 in Wicomico County; 2,051 in Carroll County; 1,955 in Washington County; 1,361 in St. Mary’s County; 1,148 in Cecil County; 1,120 in Worcester County; 1,047 in Calvert County; 691 in Queen Anne’s County; 677 in Caroline County; 625 in Dorchester County; 583 in Talbot County; 506 in Allegany County; 335 in Somerset County; 318 in Kent County; and 76 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 4,924 are people age 9 or younger; 11,283 are people ages 10-19; 24,663 are people ages 20-29; 23,393 are people ages 30-39; 20,690 are people ages 40-49; 18,965 are people ages 50-59; 12,691 are people ages 60-69; 7,550 are people ages 70-79; and 6,000 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 68,622 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 61,537 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 40,831 are Black, 27,768 are Hispanic, 33,387 are white, 2,469 are Asian, 5,990 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 19,714.

Nationwide, there have been at least 7,609,505 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 212,805 deaths and 3,021,252 recoveries. More than 112.1 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Friday, 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