Maryland reports 1,669 coronavirus cases, 8 deaths as state sees highest daily case count since January

Maryland health officials reported 1,669 new cases of the coronavirus and eight more deaths Sunday as the state posted its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to the virus since January.

Despite that more than 1.1 million residents have been fully vaccinated, according to the state, an increase in Maryland’s infection rate that began in late March has continued into April as the state’s average testing positivity rate stays above the 5% level the World Health Organization recommends jurisdictions reach before relaxing social distancing and business restrictions.


Here’s how Sunday’s metrics breakdown:


The 1,669 newly reported cases are the most cases the state health department has reported in a single day since Jan. 31, when Maryland health officials reported 1,747.


State officials have now reported a total of 417,329 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, since roughly mid-March 2020.

Over the past 14 days, the state has averaged more than 1,200 cases per day, as health officials have expressed concerns the state’s young adults are driving the latest increase in cases as tens of thousands of vaccines continue to be administered per day.

For comparison, from March 6 through March 20, the state had been averaging about 784 daily COVID-19 cases while only reporting more than 1,000 cases four times.

More than half of Sunday’s reported cases, 861, were diagnosed in residents ages 10 to 39, according to the state. The demographic accounts for about 40% of Maryland’s population, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

The average daily case increase still pales in comparison to the state’s peak in mid-January, when a post-holiday surge saw the state average more than 2,900 cases per day over a 14-day period.


Health officials reported Sunday that eight more people died due to the coronavirus, bringing Maryland’s total to 8,165.


Currently, 1,131 people in Maryland are hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19, 67 more people than Saturday.

It’s the single largest increase in hospitalized patients since Jan. 6, when the state reported an increase of 91 patients from the previous day. Over the past four days, Maryland has seen 118 hospitalized due to the disease.


Positivity rate

The statewide seven-day average positivity rate is now at 5.9%, a slight increase over Saturday’s average rate of 5.82% and the eighth straight day the rate has increased.

Maryland remains above the 5% mark, which the World Health Organization considers a prerequisite to safe reopening, so long as localities can maintain it for two weeks.

For about a month, Maryland’s rate remained below that threshold, declining as low as 3.24%. However, the rate has been on the upswing practically ever since.

Harford County continues to have the highest infection rate in the state, reporting a seven-day average of 10.11% positivity on Sunday.


State health officials reported that 55,392 doses of the three coronavirus vaccines were administered into the arms of Maryland residents Saturday.

According to the state, 27,069 of those doses were the first dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna versions of the vaccine, which require a two-dose regimen. An additional 23,848 doses were the second shot of those two versions, and 4,475 were of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


As of Sunday, about 18.41% of Maryland’s population has been fully vaccinated and roughly 32.36% of residents are at least partially immunized after having received at least the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccinations by age:

State health officials say about 73.46% of Marylanders ages 65 or older have received at least their first dose of a vaccine as of Sunday.

In addition, 43.27% of residents ages 50 to 64 have received at least their first dose, as well as 27.64% of those ages 18 to 49, according to the state health department.

Vaccinations by race:

As of Sunday, about 22.1% of vaccinations have been given to Black Marylanders when accounting for available racial data provided by state health officials. The demographic accounts for about 31% of the state’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and Black residents have been vaccinated at a disproportionately slower rate than those who are white.


Comparatively, 64.77% of vaccines were given to white residents, who make up about 58.5% of the state’s population. The state currently does not have available racial data on 130,413 administered doses.

The data is also similar for Hispanic or Latino residents when comparing available ethnicity statistics. According to the state, about 4.87% of vaccine doses were administered to Hispanic or Latino residents, who represent about 11% of the state’s population.

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The state does not have ethnicity data (Hispanic or non-Hispanic) for 144,668 shots.

Vaccinations by county:

Racial disparities are also apparent when comparing the rates of vaccination in Maryland’s counties.

Kent, Talbot and Worcester counties — all counties where at least 81% of the population is white and at least 27% of residents are 65 or older — are still the top three counties for residents who have been fully vaccinated. As of Sunday, 27.36% of Talbot County’s population, 24.12% of Worcester County and 23.57% of Kent County are now fully inoculated, according to state health officials.


In areas with large Black populations, vaccination rates continue to lag behind other jurisdictions.

Prince George’s County, a jurisdiction of about 909,000 residents where Black residents account for more than 64% of its population, is reporting that about 11.64% of residents have been fully vaccinated, the lowest rate in the state.

Charles County, where more than half of roughly 163,000 residents are Black, has the second-lowest rate of fully vaccinated residents in Maryland, with health officials reporting that about 12.39% of residents have been fully inoculated as of Sunday.