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 providers have administered a total of 1,149,267 coronavirus vaccines as of Wednesday morning, including 768,468 first doses and 380,799 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, 21,549 Marylanders have received their first vaccine dose and 15,067 have received their second dose.

About 12.7% of Maryland’s approximately 6 million residents have received at least one vaccine dose, and about 6.3% have received both their first and second dose.

On Monday, the state began allowing people to schedule appointments to receive a vaccine at the M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site, which will open Thursday. But state officials had to shut down the website after it was overwhelmed by a demand for slots.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the state will open its fourth mass vaccination site in March in Charles County. The FEMA-supported site will begin operating by March 11.

At least 378,490 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 2,972,600 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 862, an increase of about 0.23%.

The state has completed 7,718,790 coronavirus tests to date, with 29,249 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

An average of 3.8% of the state’s COVID-19 tests over the last seven days came back positive.

The seven-day average rate of positive tests yesterday was 4.17% for Marylanders younger than 35 and 3.56% for Marylanders older than 35.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 34,672 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point.

Of the 960 patients who are currently hospitalized, 711 are in acute care and 249 are in intensive care.

The number of acute care patients and the number of intensive care patients each declined by nine, marking a net decrease of 18 fewer people hospitalized with coronavirus compared to Tuesday.

A total of 7,607 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 27 additional deaths reported since Tuesday. There are also 182 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 72,609 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 62,767 in Montgomery County; 50,351 in Baltimore County; 40,037 in Baltimore City; 35,297 in Anne Arundel County; 16,778 in Frederick County; 15,647 in Howard County; 12,373 in Harford County; 12,281 in Washington County; 8,801 in Charles County; 7,475 in Carroll County; 6,719 in Wicomico County; 6,398 in Allegany County; 5,034 in St. Mary’s County; 4,979 in Cecil County; 3,626 in Calvert County; 3,244 in Worcester County; 2,555 in Queen Anne’s County; 2,370 in Somerset County; 2,320 in Dorchester County; 2,025 in Caroline County; 1,860 in Talbot County; 1,836 in Garrett County; and 1,108 in Kent County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 18,794 are people age 9 or younger; 36,183 are people ages 10-19; 68,689 are people ages 20-29; 65,052 are people ages 30-39; 57,444 are people ages 40-49; 57,111 are people ages 50-59; 38,643 are people ages 60-69; 22,003 are people ages 70-79; and 14,571 are people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 198,167 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 180,323 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 108,275 are Black, 61,045 are Hispanic, 130,687 are white, 8,500 are Asian, 17,771 are another race, and data is not available for the remaining 52,212.

Nationwide, there have been at least 28,261,979 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 502,698 deaths. The U.S. has conducted more than 342.7 million coronavirus tests to date as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 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...