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.

Two weeks after Christmas Day and one week after New Year’s Day, the number of Marylanders currently hospitalized with coronavirus reached a new state record with 1,885 COVID-19 patients.

Previously, the highest number of current hospitalizations was 1,862 COVID-19 patients on Dec. 6.

Of the Marylanders who are now hospitalized with coronavirus, 1,438 are in acute care and 447 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients climbed by 31 while the number of intensive care patients grew by 20, marking a net increase of 51 more people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Thursday.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 28,068 people with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

State officials on Friday also confirmed 3,732 new coronavirus cases, an increase of 1.26%.

That addition to the state’s coronavirus caseload is the second highest daily number of newly reported cases of the pandemic. The highest daily amount was 3,792 new cases reported on Dec. 4.

At least 299,606 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,608,591 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland has completed 6,029,482 coronavirus tests to date, with 57,041 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

An average of 9.16% of the state’s COVID-19 tests over the last seven days came back positive. Although the average has decreased for two consecutive days now, it has remained above 9% for six straight days.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 10.18% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 8.59% for Marylanders older than 35.

A total of 6,047 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 43 additional deaths reported since Thursday. There are also 169 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

The state reported 13,224 vaccinations in the past 24 hours, and a total of 111,760 vaccinations to date.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 58,316 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 49,806 in Montgomery County; 41,229 in Baltimore County; 33,528 in Baltimore City; 26,916 in Anne Arundel County; 12,592 in Frederick County; 12,249 in Howard County; 9,393 in Washington County; 9,349 in Harford County; 6,534 in Charles County; 5,740 in Carroll County; 5,705 in Allegany County; 5,117 in Wicomico County; 3,915 in Cecil County; 3,642 in St. Mary’s County; 2,542 in Calvert County; 2,463 in Worcester County; 1,933 in Somerset County; 1,890 in Queen Anne’s County; 1,584 in Garrett County; 1,538 in Dorchester County; 1,467 in Caroline County; 1,336 in Talbot County; and 822 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 13,810 cases in people age 9 or younger; 27,406 in people ages 10-19; 55,229 in people ages 20-29; 52,440 in people ages 30-39; 46,305 in people ages 40-49; 45,056 in people ages 50-59; 30,236 in people ages 60-69; 17,348 in people ages 70-79; and 11,776 in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 157,190 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 142,416 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 85,684 are Black, 50,808 are Hispanic, 99,380 are white, 6,314 are Asian, 13,918 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 43,502.

Nationwide, there have been at least 21,589,666 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 365,448 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 259.6 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

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