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.

Maryland’s number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in intensive care units has decreased for four straight days after fluctuating slightly last week, state data show.

One week ago, there were 142 Marylanders in intensive care, and the number is down to 108 patients today–the lowest it has been since March 29.

There are currently 278 patients in acute care. Of the state’s confirmed coronavirus cases, 11,467 people were hospitalized at some point.

The state has conducted 818,993 coronavirus tests since the pandemic began, with 11,067 of those test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the past seven days, an average of 4.63 percent of tests have come back positive for COVID-19.

In total, 73,527 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 578,430 have tested negative as of Monday morning. The state reported 418 new cases since Sunday, an increase of 0.57 percent, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

There have been six more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Maryland since Sunday, bringing the state’s total number of fatal cases to 3,194. There are also 131 residents whose deaths are suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 19,773 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 15,780 in Montgomery County; 8,892 in Baltimore County; 8,566 in Baltimore City; 5,562 in Anne Arundel County; 2,850 in Howard County; 2,605 in Frederick County; 1,528 in Charles County; 1,288 in Harford County; 1,221 in Carroll County; 1,139 in Wicomico County;  728 in Washington County; 708 in St. Mary’s County; 529 in Cecil County; 453 in Calvert County; 336 in Caroline County; 322 in Worcester County; 290 in Queen Anne’s County; 218 Allegany County; 217 in Dorchester County; 205 in Kent County; 189 in Talbot County; 101 in Somerset County; and 27 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 2,297 cases in people age 9 or younger; 4,019 in people ages 10-19; 11,422 in people ages 20-29; 13,765 in people ages 30-39; 12,840 in people ages 40-49; 11,380 in people ages 50-59; 8,065 in people ages 60-69; 5,081 in people ages 70-79; and 4,658 in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 38,231 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 35,296 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 21,250 have been Black, 19,491 have been Hispanic, 14,901 have been white, 1,427 have been Asian, 3,518 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 12,940.

Nationwide, there have been at least 3,308,165 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 135,213 deaths and 1,006,326 recoveries. More than 40.2 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 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