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Maryland’s 522 new coronavirus cases mark second day of decline

Maryland officials said Sunday they have confirmed 522 new cases of the coronavirus since Saturday, the second consecutive day the state has seen a decrease in the number of new cases.

Kata Hall, spokeswoman for Gov. Larry Hogan, wrote on Twitter the state has added 522 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, over the past 24 hours.

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The 24-hour count marks the second day in a row the state has seen a decrease in new cases, as state officials said Saturday that 736 cases had been confirmed since the previous day.

Hall wrote that at least 548 people have died or probably died due to the disease. She wrote that 486 people have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19, while 62 people have probably died from the disease but are awaiting a laboratory confirmation.

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Prince George’s and Montgomery counties continue to lead the state in confirmed COVID-19 cases, with at least 3,345 cases and 2,507 cases in the counties, respectively. Of the 548 people who have died or probably died due to the disease, 201 were from those two counties.

The 21215 zip code, which includes part of Northwest Baltimore city and Baltimore County, continues to lead the state in cases per individual ZIP code, with 265 cases as of Sunday.

The region includes the FutureCare Lochearn facility, a nursing home in the city where at least 170 people — 129 residents and 41 staffers — have tested positive for COVID-19.

Silver Spring in Montgomery County continues to be a hot spot for cases, as two ZIP codes associated with the city — 20904 and 20906 — have seen a combined 439 cases overall as of Sunday.

While Sunday’s count marks the second day of declining figures, state officials are continuing to take action to control the spread of the virus.

Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order to speed up the release of inmates who were already eligible to be released within the next four months and the processing of inmates eligible for home detention.

A spokesman for the governor estimates the order will result in the early release of about 800 inmates.

On Saturday, hundreds of people took to the streets of Annapolis to protest the various business and gatherings restrictions put into place since the outbreak of the pandemic.

This story will be updated.

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