Maryland reports 1,471 coronavirus cases, 11 new deaths

Maryland health officials reported 1,471 new cases of the coronavirus and 11 more deaths Wednesday, ending the two-day stretch of less than 1,000 daily cases.

The surge in cases comes as health officials reported more completed tests than the past two days combined.


Here’s how Wednesday’s numbers break down:


With the 1,471 new cases, the state health department has now reported a total of 420,526 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, since March 2020.


The increase in daily cases comes as officials reported completing 33,465 tests, more than the roughly 29,000 completed tests reported Tuesday and Monday combined, when the state had reported fewer than 1,000 cases each day.

As a result, while Wednesday saw more cases than the previous two days, the daily positivity rate dropped to 4.96%, lower than either Tuesday’s (8.73%) or Monday’s (5.95%) reported positivity rate.


Health officials reported that 11 more people have died due to the coronavirus, raising the total confirmed death total in Maryland to 8,203.


Currently, 1,200 people in Maryland are hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19, four fewer people than Tuesday.

While the state has reported that more than 1,000 people have been hospitalized with the disease since March 29, state health secretary Dennis Schrader has said that the increase appears to be spurred by younger patients who are not as susceptible to severe complications from the coronavirus.

Positivity Rate

The statewide seven-day average positivity rate now stands at 5.71%, down slightly from Tuesday’s rate of 5.8%, but above the World Health Organization’s recommended 5% mark for easing restrictions after two weeks.

Harford County still has the state’s highest positivity rate, a seven-day average of 9.52% as of Wednesday.


State health officials reported that 74,348 shots of the three vaccines were administered to Maryland residents Tuesday, bringing the state total to about 3.1 million.

Of those shots, 38,580 were the first dose and 27,638 were the second of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which require a two-dose regimen. Additionally, 8,130 were the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which has now gotten into the arms of more than 100,000 Marylanders.

As of Wednesday, about 19.6% of Maryland residents have been fully vaccinated and roughly 33.7%, or now more than 2 million people, are at least partially vaccinated.

Vaccinations by age

The state health department reported that about 74.5% of Marylanders ages 65 or older have received at least their first dose of a vaccine as of Wednesday.

In addition, 45.7% of residents ages 50 to 64 have received at least their first dose, as well as 29.4% of those ages 18 to 49, according to state health officials.

Vaccinations by race

About 22.54% 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, 64.17% of vaccines were given to white residents, who make up about 58.5% of the state’s population. The disparity has slightly decreased over the past month.

The state does not have racial data on 140,529 administered shots.

The data is similar for Hispanic or Latino residents when comparing available data on ethnicity. According to the state, about 4.99% of vaccine doses were administered to Hispanic or Latino residents, who represent about 11% of the state’s population.

The state does not have ethnicity data (Hispanic or non-Hispanic) for 154,133 shots.

Vaccines by county

While Eastern Shore counties with large populations of white residents and people ages 65 or older had led the state in fully vaccinated residents for weeks, the more populated and racially diverse Howard County now has the third-highest rate in Maryland with 24.49% vaccinated. Talbot and Worcester counties remain No. 1 and 2 with 28.44% and 25.49% of their populations vaccinated.

Prince George’s and Charles counties, two majority Black counties that have lagged behind other jurisdictions in vaccinating residents, continue to have the lowest rates of fully vaccinated residents at 12.84% and 13.62%, respectively.

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