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The number of Marylanders currently hospitalized with coronavirus is continuing to decline, with state officials on Monday reporting fewer than 800 COVID-19 patients for the first time since November.

There are currently 792 Marylanders hospitalized due to COVID-19. The last time the metric was below 800 was when the state reported 761 hospitalizations on Nov. 10.

Of those currently hospitalized, 577 are in acute care and 215 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients declined by 26 while the number of intensive care patients remained the same, marking a net decrease of 26 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Sunday.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 35,709 people with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

At least 388,035 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 3,039,695 have tested negative as of Monday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 716, an increase of 0.18%.

The state has completed 8,120,946 coronavirus tests to date, with 23,356 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

On average, 3.36% of the state’s COVID019 tests over the last seven days came back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 3.48% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 3.29% for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland officials on Monday confirmed eight more deaths related to COVID-19, raising the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus-related fatalities to 7,781. There are also 182 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

The state has distributed the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine to a total of 1,020,280 Marylanders, including 10,781 who received it in the past 24 hours.

Of the Maryland recipients of the first vaccine dose, 564,473 individuals have received the second vaccine dose, including 6,613 people in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 74,327 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 63,987 in Montgomery County; 51,730 in Baltimore County; 40,892 in Baltimore City; 36,331 in Anne Arundel County; 17,196 in Frederick County; 16,088 in Howard County; 12,700 in Harford County; 12,519 in Washington County; 9,074 in Charles County; 7,661 in Carroll County; 6,821 in Wicomico County; 6,421 in Allegany County; 5,201 in St. Mary’s County; 5,059 in Cecil County; 3,701 in Calvert County; 3,283 in Worcester County; 2,601 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,401 in Somerset County; 2,375 in Dorchester County; 2,058 in Caroline County; 1,907 in Talbot County; 1,847 in Garrett County; and 1,139 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 19,426 are people age 9 or younger; 37,430 are people ages 10-19; 70,592 are people ages 20-29; 66,590 are people ages 30-39; 58,704 are people ages 40-49; 58,442 are people ages 50-59; 39,598 are people ages 60-69; 22,458 are people ages 70-79; and 14,795 are people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 202,989 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 185,046 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 112,287 are Black, 62,323 are Hispanic, 134,965 are white, 8,909 are Asian, 18,356 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 51,195.

Nationwide, there have been at least 28,999,705 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 525,035 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 359.7 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Monday, 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...