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Maryland reports 463 new coronavirus cases, 12 more deaths

Maryland reported 463 new coronavirus cases Friday, and 12 more deaths. In total, the state has reported nearly 72,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths from the pandemic.

Friday marked the 15th consecutive day that the state has reported fewer than 20 deaths as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Maryland had no day with fewer than 20 deaths between April 10 and June 6.

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Friday also marked the 15th straight day that Maryland had a testing positivity rate below 5%, as the state reported a rate of 4.34%. The World Health Organization recommends that governments have a seven-day average rate below 5% for 14 days before they begin reopening measures, although Maryland already began reopening in earnest.

Thursday’s 586 new cases broke Maryland’s five-day streak of fewer than 500 new confirmed cases, but Friday’s tally dropped below this benchmark once more.

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The number of new cases have ticked up a bit recently, but remains well below the numbers from Maryland’s peak, when, at times, the state reported more than 1,000 cases per day.

The state also reported 385 people hospitalized as a result of the virus on Friday, 21 fewer than Thursday. About 30% of those hospitalized were in intensive care units.

The most new cases were reported in Baltimore City, which added 94, followed by Baltimore County, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County. The latter two counties have reported the most total cases in the state, with more than 15,000 and 19,000 cases, respectively. Baltimore City stood at 8,249 cases Friday, just below Baltimore County’s 8,581 cases.

The majority of Friday’s new cases — 39% — were reported among African-American Marylanders. About 33% of those with new cases were white and 19% were Hispanic. The virus has disproportionately affected Black and Hispanic people in Maryland and across the country.

More than half of Friday’s new cases were reported among people younger than 40. But all of the newly reported deaths were among people older than 50.

For those under 35, the testing positivity rate is 6.33%, but for Marylanders over 35, the positivity rate is 3.44%.

Four Maryland counties had testing positivity rates greater than 5% as of Friday — Baltimore City (5.37%), Charles County (5.42%), Prince George’s County (6.85%) and Queen Anne’s County (7.67%). Montgomery County’s rate dropped below 5% between Thursday and Friday, and sits at 4.38%.

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