Number of patients in acute care continues to rise, while intensive care cases decline

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Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations increased to 585 on Thursday, with 446 patients in acute care and 139 patients in intensive care, state data show.

The number of COVID-19 patients in acute care increased by 20 while intensive care patients decreased by six, for a net increase of 14 more people hospitalized due to the disease since Wednesday.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday paused the state from moving forward with its coronavirus recovery plan and will require Marylanders to wear face masks inside businesses and public buildings, and when unable to socially distance outdoors, starting Friday.

The move came after the state has seen a 27 percent increase in the number of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 over the past two weeks, Hogan said.

Maryland has hospitalized a total 12,500 people with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Hogan said on Wednesday that the rate of positive tests is 3.8 percent for Marylanders age 35 and older, and as high as 6.72 percent for people age 35 and younger.

The trend of rising hospitalizations, fueled by an increase of patients in acute care, could be attributable to more young people contracting the virus, he said.

“Fortunately they’re not as sick,” he said. “They’re sick enough to go in the hospital, but they’re not suffering the same severe symptoms and complications as those older, more vulnerable patients that we were seeing in the spring, and who were going into [intensive care] and going on ventilators, where we were experiencing more deaths.”

A total of 87,177 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 806,788 have tested negative as of Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

The state’s reported an additional 892 confirmed cases since Wednesday, an increase of 1.03 percent.

Maryland has completed 1,186,132 coronavirus tests to date, with 25,689 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the last seven days, an average of 4.57 percent of tests came back positive for COVID-19.

A total of 3,357 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 10 additional deaths reported since Wednesday. There are also 131 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there have been 22,183 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 17,397 in Montgomery County; 11,615 in Baltimore County; 11,004 in Baltimore City; 6,684 in Anne Arundel County; 3,472 in Howard County; 2,964 in Frederick County; 1,819 in Charles County; 1,716 in Harford County; 1,435 in Carroll County; 1,269 in Wicomico County; 936 in Washington County; 874 in St. Mary’s County; 619 in Cecil County; 565 in Calvert County; 518 in Worcester County; 418 in Caroline County; 378 in Queen Anne’s County; 330 in Talbot County; 326 in Dorchester County; 264 in Allegany County; 229 in Kent County; 117 in Somerset County; and 45 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 2,881 have been people age 9 or younger; 5,299 have been people ages 10-19; 14,934 have been people ages 20-29; 16,432 have been people ages 30-39; 14,763 have been people ages 40-49; 13,068 have been people ages 50-59; 9,114 have been people ages 60-69; 5,640 have been people ages 70-79; and 5,046 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 45,753 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 41,424 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 26,601 have been Black, 21,422 have been Hispanic, 19,023 have been white, 1,634 have been Asian, 4,009 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 14,488.

Nationwide, there have been at least 4,428,896 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 150,733 deaths and 1,389,425 recoveries. More than 53.8 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a real-time dashboard created by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Marcus Dieterle


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