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 hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning dipped below 600 for the first time since the metric reached 588 patients on Nov. 5.

Of the state’s 596 current coronavirus patients, 431 are in acute care and 165 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients dropped by 23 while the number of intensive care patients grew by six, marking a net decrease of 17 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Monday.

Maryland has recorded a total of 42,721 coronavirus-related hospitalizations to date.

Maryland health officials on Tuesday newly reported 212 COVID-19 cases, the same amount as on Monday when the state saw its lowest daily new case increase since March 2020.

At least 456,428 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 3,425,856 have tested negative as of Tuesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

A total of 8,754 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, including 14 deaths that were reported since Monday. There are also 191 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

Maryland has completed 10,129,161 coronavirus tests to date, with 9,812 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 2.23% of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 2.4% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.11% for Marylanders older than 35.

A total of 2,591,706 Marylanders have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state data showed on Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday reported that 66.6% of Marylanders age 18 and older have received at least one vaccine dose.

Of the two-dose vaccines, Maryland has administered a total of 3,011,639 first doses and 2,375,714 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, providers have administered 11,055 first doses and 18,097 second doses.

Maryland providers have also administered single-dose vaccines to a total of 215,992 people, including 1,411 doses that were reported in the past 24 hours.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 84,497 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 70,556 in Montgomery County; 65,040 in Baltimore County; 52,378 in Baltimore City; 43,467 in Anne Arundel County; 19,660 in Frederick County; 19,113 in Howard County; 16,429 in Harford County; 14,452 in Washington County; 10,739 in Charles County; 9,379 in Carroll County; 7,592 in Wicomico County; 6,949 in Allegany County; 6,241 in Cecil County; 5,971 in St. Mary’s County; 4,197 in Calvert County; 3,610 in Worcester County; 2,972 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,798 in Dorchester County; 2,577 in Somerset County; 2,318 in Caroline County; 2,137 in Talbot County; 2,017 in Garrett County; and 1,339 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 25,521 are people age 9 or younger; 46,931 are people ages 10-19; 83,718 are people ages 20-29; 78,188 are people ages 30-39; 68,100 are people ages 40-49; 68,012 are people ages 50-59; 45,284 are people ages 60-69; 24,871 are people ages 70-79; and 15,803 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 238,698 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 217,730 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 140,978 are Black, 11,032 are Asian, 161,186 are white, 69,108 are Hispanic, 21,313 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,811.

Nationwide, there have been at least 32,979,583 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 586,698 deaths, as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, 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...