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Maryland reports 925 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, 19 new deaths

Maryland health officials reported 925 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, the second-straight day the state has reported fewer than 1,000 daily cases amid a decline in overall testing.

Here’s how Tuesday’s numbers from the Maryland Department of Health break down:

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Cases

While the state reported fewer than 1,000 cases, the state only completed roughly 13,000 tests for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

As a result, the state reported that 8.26% of tests completed Monday came back positive.

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Tuesday’s cases bring the state tally to 437,584 cases of COVID-19 since March 2020.

Baltimore County had the state’s second-worst infection rate, with a seven-day average of 32.1 cases for every 100,000 people Tuesday. The statewide average is 20.8 cases per 100,000 people.

Baltimore County had the state’s second-worst infection rate Tuesday, with a seven-day average of 32.1 cases for every 100,000 people.

Deaths

Nineteen more people reportedly died due to the disease or complications from it, bringing the death toll up to 8,406 people since March 2020. More than 100 people have been reported dead due to COVID-19 over the past seven days.

Hospitalizations

Currently, 1,282 people in Maryland are hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19, an increase of 23 people compared to Monday.

More than 1,000 people have been hospitalized with the disease since March 29.

Positivity Rate

The statewide seven-day average testing positivity rate ticked up slightly to 5.4% Tuesday, from Monday’s 5.39%.

The state’s average positivity rate has been at 5% or above since March 28. The World Health Organization recommends jurisdictions get under a 5% average positivity rate for at least two weeks before relaxing social distancing and business capacity restrictions.

Vaccinations

Vaccine clinics, hospitals, drug stores and other providers reported administering 54,977 total doses of the various coronavirus vaccines. Of those, 25,841 were the first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, which require a two-dose regimen, and 29,111 were second doses of the two vaccines.

The state reported an additional 25 administered doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, likely to be doses reported late to state health officials after federal officials paused its administration as they investigate extremely rare blood clotting found in a handful of people who received that vaccine.

About 1.65 million people, or about 27.3% of Maryland’s population, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday. In addition, about 2.34 million people, or about 38.7% of the state’s population, have received at least their first dose of a vaccine.

Vaccines by Age

As of Tuesday, 78.5% of Marylanders 65 or older have received at least their first dose of the vaccine, according to the state.

Additionally, 57.9% of state residents 50 to 64 have gotten at least their first shot as well as 40.7% of people 18 to 49 and 19.4% of 16- and 17-year-olds.

Vaccines by Race

About 2.71 times more white Marylanders have been vaccinated compared with Black residents when accounting for available racial data, a disparity that has decreased over the past month.

In March, the difference was as high as 3.8 times. White people, who make up about 58.5% of Maryland’s population, compared with Black people, who represent about 31% of Marylanders.

The state does not have racial data available for 201,457 administered vaccines — fewer than 5% of those doses.

Also, Hispanic or Latino residents represent about 11% of Maryland’s population but have received about 5.78% of all administered vaccines where the recipients’ ethnicity was known as of Sunday. The state does not have ethnicity data (Hispanic versus non-Hispanic) for 213,953 administered vaccines.

Vaccines by County

Howard, Kent, Talbot and Worcester counties remain the only counties in the state where more than 30% of their populations have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to state health department data.

Talbot County — an Eastern Shore jurisdiction of roughly 37,000 people where 29.7% of the population is 65 or older, leads the state with nearly 37.9% of residents having been fully inoculated.

Meanwhile, counties with substantial Black populations in Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore continue to lag behind the rest of the state.

Somerset County, a rural Eastern Shore county of about 26,000 people where about 41.5% of the population is Black, has the lowest rate of fully vaccinated residents in the state at about 19.2% of residents.

Prince George’s County — a majority-Black county and Maryland’s second-largest jurisdiction with about 909,000 residents — has the second-lowest rate, with health officials reporting Tuesday that 19.6% of the county’s population has been fully inoculated.

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