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May 3: Anne Arundel adds 2,600 vaccinations, at least 42% of residents have one COVID-19 shot

Anne Arundel County providers vaccinated more than 2,600 people against COVID-19 between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the portion of the county population with at least one shot to 42.8%.

All providers are vaccinating everyone ages 16 and older. To get an appointment through the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, go to aacounty.org/covidvax on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at noon. 12 p.m.

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The mass vaccination site at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis is accepting appointments. A limited number of walk-ups will be accepted from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. People are encouraged to get an appointment to ensure a vaccine will be available. To schedule an appointment, go to onestop.md.gov/preregistration.

The added inoculations mean 32% of Anne Arundel County residents are fully vaccinated. There are 248,126 residents total who received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and 185,286 are fully vaccinated.

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Statewide, more than 2,123,711 people are fully vaccinated.

Anne Arundel County residents can call 410-222-0225 or 410-222-0047 to schedule a free ride to a vaccination appointment in the county or at the Navy stadium mass vaccination site. Operators will answer from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents can also use the Gold College Parkway bus route to reach the mass vaccination site for free. Residents age 55 and older or residents 18 and older with a disability can call 410-222-4222 to schedule a ride to a vaccine appointment. Rides are $5.

COVID-19 cases

Anne Arundel County reported 48 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths Monday. Maryland reported 520 new cases. The state did not update death statistics Monday due to an outage at the Vital Statistics Administration.

The county case rate fell to 13.8 cases per 100,000 people, holding steady from the day prior.

The total number of confirmed infections since March 2020 is now 42,709, and at least 581 Anne Arundel County residents have died. Fourteen others are suspected of having died of the virus but were never tested.

Across the state, at least 449,509 infections have been recorded since March 2020, and at least 8,585 Marylanders have died of the virus.

About 5.32% of tests for the virus in Anne Arundel County came back positive. The statewide positivity rate reported Wednesday is 3.69%.

The state reported 953 Maryland residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. About 688 of those patients require acute care beds, and another 265 are receiving more serious care.

In Anne Arundel County, hospitalizations held at 61 total patients. Eighteen needed intensive care.

Data from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health shows the current seven-day average for ICU hospital beds in use is 69%. The seven-day average for acute beds in use is about 82%. The data reflects hospital occupancy for Anne Arundel Medical Center and the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, but it is a moving metric, as the hospitals can add or reduce capacity as needed.

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