Maryland’s rate of positive coronavirus tests rises slightly for five out of past seven days

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The rate of positive coronavirus tests in Maryland has increased for five of the past seven days, state data show.

After the seven-day average positive test rate reached 3.48 percent last Thursday, it declined slightly to 3.46 percent last Friday.

But the average increase over the following two days to 3.63 percent on Saturday and 3.84 percent on Sunday.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests fell again to 3.68 percent on Monday before increasing for the past three days to 3.7 percent on Tuesday, 3.71 on Wednesday and 3.76 percent today.

There are currently 369 Marylanders hospitalized with coronavirus, with 280 patients in acute care and 89 in intensive care.

Maryland’s number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care yesterday reached its lowest point since March, and it fell even further with three fewer intensive care patients.

But the number of acute care patients rose by 14, marking a net increase of 11 more people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Thursday.

Maryland has hospitalized a total of 14,756 people due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

At least 114,724 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 1,318,152 have tested negative as of Friday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 646, an increase of about 0.6 percent.

Maryland has completed 2,150,638 coronavirus tests to date, with 22,614 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 5.1 percent for Marylanders younger than 35 and 2.96 percent for Marylanders older than 35.

Maryland reported that the deaths of six additional residents were tied to coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatal cases in the state to 3,685. There are also 143 people whose deaths are suspected to be related to the virus.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, there have been 27,439 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 20,993 in Montgomery County; 16,520 in Baltimore County; 15,162 in Baltimore City; 8,986 in Anne Arundel County; 4,704 in Howard County; 3,684 in Frederick County; 2,750 in Harford County; 2,536 in Charles County; 1,820 in Carroll County; 1,697 in Wicomico County; 1,453 in Washington County; 1,170 in St. Mary’s County; 917 in Worcester County; 886 in Cecil County; 847 in Calvert County; 599 in Queen Anne’s County; 584 in Caroline County; 509 in Dorchester County; 501 in Talbot County; 411 in Allegany County; 279 in Kent County; 211 in Somerset County; and 66 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Maryland has confirmed 4,209 cases people age 9 or younger; 8,888 in people ages 10-19; 21,184 in people ages 20-29; 21,057 in people ages 30-39; 18,688 in people ages 40-49; 16,832 in people ages 50-59; 11,352 in people ages 60-69; 6,854 in people ages 70-79; and 5,660 in people age 80 or older.

The state has identified 60,688 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 54,036 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 36,811 have been Black, 25,534 have been Hispanic, 27,655 have been white, 2,192 have been Asian, 5,323 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 17,209.

Nationwide, there have been at least 6,397,851 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 191,803 deaths and 2,403,511 recoveries. More than 85.1 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 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

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