This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

Maryland’s average rate of positive coronavirus tests continues to decline, with a seven-day average of 5.81 percent coming back positive on Wednesday, state data show.

At least 62,969 Marylanders have tested positive for COVID-19, while 378,374 have tested negative as of Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID-19 Case Map Dashboard.

Maryland has conducted at least 526,882 tests to date, with 15,594 test results reported in the past 24 hours.

Over the past seven days, an average of 5.81 percent of the state’s COVID-19 tests have come back positive. Public health experts recommend a positive test rate of 10 percent or lower.

Maryland’s average rate of positive tests has decreased for six consecutive days since reaching 7.25 percent on June 10, and the metric has following a downward trend since peaking at 26.92 on April 17.

Prince George’s County is the only jurisdiction in Maryland with an average rate of positive tests above that 10 percent guideline. The county previously dipped below that benchmark on Monday before rising above it again on Tuesday.

Of the state’s total number of confirmed cases, 10,309 people who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized at some point, including 702 who are currently hospitalized.

Maryland’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have decreased for 21 consecutive days since reaching 1,338 on May 27, and the metric has trended downward for more than a month.

Of those currently hospitalized, 419 are in acute care and 283 are in intensive care.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units has decreased for 15 consecutive days since reaching 481 on June 2, and the metric has been following a downward trend for about a month.

A total of 2,866 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, with 15 additional deaths since Tuesday. There are also 130 deaths suspected to be related to coronavirus.

The 14-day average number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths in Maryland has not increased for eight straight days after reaching an average of 34 deaths on June 9, according to the Baltimore Sun‘s data tracker. There was a 14-day average of 25 deaths on Wednesday.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 17,499 confirmed cases in Prince George’s County; 13,709 in Montgomery County; 7,248 in Baltimore County; 6,782 in Baltimore City; 4,751 in Anne Arundel County; 2,327 in Howard County; 2,308 in Frederick County; 1,277 in Charles County; 1,031 in Wicomico County; 1,023 in Harford County; 987 in Carroll County; 585 in St. Mary’s County; 579 in Washington County; 450 in Cecil County; 380 in Calvert County; 284 in Caroline County; 258 in Worcester County; 193 in Kent County; 188 in Allegany County; 183 in Queen Anne’s County; 166 in Dorchester County; 109 in Talbot County; 82 in Somerset County; and 10 in Garrett County, according to the dashboard.

Of Maryland’s confirmed cases, 1,792 have been people age 9 or younger; 3,068 have been people ages 10-19; 9,025 have been people ages 20-29; 11,737 have been people ages 30-39; 11,277 have been people ages 40-49; 9,975 have been people ages 50-59; 7,196 have been people ages 60-69; 4,590 have been people ages 70-79; and 4,309 have been people age 80 or older.

Maryland has identified 32,715 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients as female and 30,254 as male.

Of the Marylanders who have tested positive for COVID-19, 18,017 have been Black, 17,020 have been Hispanic, 12,244 have been white, 1,255 have been Asian, 3,172 have been another race, and data is not available for the remaining 11,291.

Nationwide, there have been at least 2,137,604 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, including at least 116,963 deaths and 583,503 recoveries. More than 24.4 million people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 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...