Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations increase slightly with uptick of acute care patients

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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.

Maryland’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations increased slightly on Wednesday, with an uptick in the number of COVID-19 patients in acute care, state data show.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 12,922 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point.

There are currently 555 Marylanders hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 421 who are in acute care and 134 who are in intensive care.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations have increased by eight patients, with 11 more acute care patients and three fewer intensive care patients since Tuesday.

A total of 92,426 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 889,969 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland’s coronavirus caseload grew by 572 cases, an increase of 0.62 percent. This is the fifth straight day that the rate of new cases has decreased.

The state has completed a total of 1,332,181 coronavirus tests, including 21,762 test results that were reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 4.05 percent of tests came back positive for COVID-19.

A total of 3,402 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with six additional deaths reported since Tuesday. There are also 134 people whose deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 23,082 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 17,910 in Montgomery County; 12,525 in Baltimore County; 11,844 in Baltimore City; 7,071 in Anne Arundel County; 3,690 in Howard County; 3,016 in Frederick County; 1,932 in Charles County; 1,863 in Harford County; 1,503 in Carroll County; 1,309 in Wicomico County; 986 in Washington County; 931 in St. Mary’s County; 662 in Cecil County; 649 in Calvert County; 639 in Worcester County; 439 in Caroline County; 399 in Queen Anne’s County; 368 in Talbot County; 352 in Dorchester County; 276 Allegany County; 235 in Kent County; 129 in Somerset County; and 44 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, 3,128 have been people age 9 or younger; 5,852 have been people ages 10-19; 16,114 have been people ages 20-29; 17,395 have been people ages 30-39; 15,526 have been people ages 40-49; 13,821 have been people ages 50-59; 9,521 have been people ages 60-69; 5,908 have been people ages 70-79; and 5,161 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 48,619 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 43,807 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for coronavirus, 28,480 have been Black, 23,217 have been Hispanic, 20,106 have been white, 1,674 have been Asian, 4,070 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 14,879.

Nationwide, there have been at least 4,772,027 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 156,840 deaths and 1,528,979 recoveries. More than 58.2 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle

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