Number of new hospitalizations continue to decline, but COVID-19 deaths remain steady

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The number of new people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 is continuing to decline, but the number of deaths from the virus has remained steady.

While unveiling his “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” on Friday, Gov. Larry Hogan said state officials would be looking for at least a 14-day decline in the number of hospitalizations, ICU patients and deaths before Maryland could begin reopening.

Maryland recorded 50 new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 on Monday, continuing a trend that the state saw last week when the number of new hospitalizations decreased each day.

The number of patients in intensive care units has also been decreasing since late last week, with 547 ICU patients on Friday, 538 on Saturday (1.6 percent decrease), and 530 on Sunday (1.5 percent decrease).

However, the number of people dying due to COVID-19 has remained relatively steady. Last week’s combined totals of confirmed COVID-19 deaths and deaths suspected to be related to COVID-19 had an average of about 116.

Today, the state recorded 31 new confirmed deaths and 87 probable deaths, totaling 118.

A total of 858 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s Maryland COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

At least 19,487 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 85,489 have tested negative as of Monday morning, state officials said. The state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 906.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 4,101 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 1,513 who are currently hospitalized.

Of those currently hospitalized, 978 are in acute care and 535 are in intensive care.

There have been 1,263 people who isolated and were eventually released.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, there have been 5,263 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 3,843 in Montgomery County; 2,548 in Baltimore County; 1,933 in Baltimore City; 1,544 in Anne Arundel County; 865 in Frederick County; 778 in Howard County; 529 in Charles County; 403 in Carroll County; 352 in Harford County; 336 in Wicomico County; 181 in Washington County; 163 in Cecil County; 144 in St. Mary’s County; 138 in Calvert County; 114 in Allegany County; 70 in Kent County; 68 in Caroline County; 54 in Queen Anne’s County; 53 in Worcester County; 51 in Dorchester County; 34 in Talbot County; 19 in Somerset County; four in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 228 have been people age 9 or younger; 490 have been people ages 10-19; 2,217 have been people ages 20-29; 3,264 have been people ages 30-39; 3,436 have been people ages 40-49; 3,556 have been people ages 50-59; 2,758 have been people ages 60-69; 1,916 have been people ages 70-79; and 1,622 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 10,460 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 9,027 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 7,085 have been black, 4,498 have been white, 3,077 have been Hispanic, 384 have been Asian, 752 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 3,691.

Nationwide, there have been at least 965,951 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 54,877 deaths and 107,045 recoveries. More than 5.4 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.

Marcus Dieterle


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