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Anne Arundel coronavirus death toll hits 163, officials urge residents to be careful as county reopens

Another 100 Anne Arundel County residents tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,743 on Saturday. Five more people died of the disease, bringing the total to 163.

An additional nine people are suspected to have died of the disease, though a lab test was never performed.

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According to data from the Maryland Department of Health, Maryland added 1,279 confirmed cases to the tally, pushing the statewide number of infections to 52,015 and at least 41 more residents died of the virus, pushing the confirmed death toll to 2,390. At least 119 other residents are suspected to have died of the virus, but they were never tested.

Across Maryland, at least 339,361 tests have been conducted — an increase of more than 10,000 in the last 24 hours — bringing the statewide positivity rate down to 11.62%, a slight decrease from the day before. This is the lowest the state’s positivity rate has been since March 29, state spokesperson Mike Ricci said on Twitter. Hospitalizations are also at a six week low, said Gov. Larry Hogan. He is using positivity rate and hospitalization metrics as a guide for reopening the state.

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In Anne Arundel County, more than half of the metrics needed to reopen have been met, and officials are now focused primarily on testing capacity and ensuring a 14-day stockpile of personal protective equipment.

Still, County Executive Steuart Pittman has taken steps to reopen the county within the bounds of Hogan’s permissions. Restaurants and bars can provide outdoor dining; businesses and hair salons can operate at a reduced capacity, and basketball courts and dog parks have been reopened.

He warned that despite the reopenings, the threat of the virus is still in the community.

County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman advised the community to emerge from the stay-at-home order with precautions, specifically with social distancing, face coverings and vigilant hand hygiene.

“These are the things that are going to be necessary to keep doing as we go forward,” Kalyanaraman said. “This is our new normal.”

He urged residents to get tested within 48 hours of experiencing any symptoms of the virus, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle aches, headaches and loss of taste or smell.

Though these may typically be symptoms that residents would push through and write off as a cold, Kalyanaraman asked residents to take them seriously and stay home if feeling sick.

Pittman and Kalyanaraman called for residents to be kind and patient with each other and choose unity. Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare described the coronavirus pandemic as “without a doubt in one of the most stressful times in our national history.”

Though Altomare said he is aware that everyone is sick of staying home, all the restrictions that remain in place are done so with the intent of keeping people alive.

“In a couple years, we will look back on this and define personally for ourselves how we handled it. If our decisions weren’t made to keep other people safe, we will regret that for the rest of our lives," Altomare said.

Anne Arundel confirmed cases by ZIP code

Here is an alphabetical breakdown of the number of cases in each ZIP code in Anne Arundel County (as of Saturday). This data uses the county’s numbers. State numbers are in parentheses.

ZIP codes that overlap more than one county are in italics. The state numbers also account for cases at congregate living facilities in those ZIP codes, which the county numbers do not include.

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The county has said that they remove cases from this data as they determine they are from congregate housing, such as nursing homes or retirement communities, which may also account for discrepancies.

  • Annapolis (21401): 313 (377)
  • Annapolis (21403): 408 (438)
  • Annapolis (21405): 2 (N/A)
  • Annapolis (21409): 52 (66)
  • Annapolis Junction (20701): 0 (N/A)
  • Arnold (21012): 56 (131)
  • Brooklyn (21225): 85 (293)
  • BWI Airport (21240): 0 (N/A)
  • Churchton (20733): 12 (14)
  • Crofton (21114): 69 (107)
  • Crownsville (21032): 35 (61)
  • Curtis Bay (21226): 13 (32)
  • Davidsonville (21035): 9 (12)
  • Deale (20751): 8 (N/A)
  • Dunkirk (20754): 1 (18)
  • Edgewater (21037): 90 (123)
  • Fort Meade (20755): (11)
  • Friendship (20758): 2 (N/A)
  • Galesville (20765): 1 (N/A)
  • Gambrills (21054): 54 (105)
  • Gibson Island (21056): 0 (N/A)
  • Glen Burnie (21060): 215 (274)
  • Glen Burnie (21061): 384 (426)
  • Hanover (21076): 109 (128)
  • Harmans (21077): 3 (N/A)
  • Harwood (20776): 12 (N/A)
  • Jessup (20794): 21 (242)
  • Laurel (20724): 280 (295)
  • Linthicum Heights (21090): 41 (66)
  • Lothian (20711): 57 (56)
  • Millersville (21108): 70 (73)
  • Naval Academy (21402): (N/A)
  • North Beach (20714): 2 (17)
  • Odenton (21113): 122 (130)
  • Owings (20736): 0 (32)
  • Pasadena (21122): 227 (239)
  • Riva (21140): 4 (N/A)
  • Severn (21144): 175 (178)
  • Severna Park (21146): 65 (83)
  • Shady Side (20764): 19 (19)
  • Tracys Landing (20779): 2 (N/A)
  • West River (20778): 9 (N/A)

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