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Maryland reports 565 new coronavirus cases, three deaths

Marylanders in their 20s and 30s accounted for nearly half the 565 new coronavirus cases reported Monday by state health officials, who also tied three more deaths to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The new data comes as Maryland, 39 other states and Washington, D.C. are seeing an increase in cases in the past week, according to John Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource center. Just four states are experiencing decreasing cases, while six states are considered level, according to Hopkins' data.

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In Maryland, the two-week average of newly-reported cases has grown significantly this month, rising to going 642 Monday from 488 Sept. 30.

Monday’s numbers bring Maryland to a total of 140,844 cases and 3,953 deaths since the pandemic took hold in the state in March. Maryland has recorded the 15th-most deaths and the 31st-most cases per capita among states, according to Hopkins' data.

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Current hospitalizations grew by 10 to 456 Monday. The state has seen a spike in hospitalizations since Sept. 20, when a low since March of 281 people were hospitalized.

Among those hospitalized, 112 required intensive care, nine more than Sunday. Monday marked the 14th-straight day that at least 100 people required intensive care.

People in their 20s and 30s made up nearly 45% of newly-reported cases Monday. Add in people in their 40s and those three groups made up nearly 60% of new cases.

During the pandemic, Marylanders between the ages of 20 and 49 have represented close to 53% of virus cases.

Among those reported dead from the virus Monday, one was in their 40s and two were in their 70s. The death of the person in their 40s was just the 130th fatality reported among Marylanders in that age bracket. Following global trends, older Marylanders have borne the brunt of the virus-related deaths, with those 60 or older representing more than 86% of the death toll.

Montgomery County had the most reported new cases Monday with 134, double the next-closest jurisdiction — Prince George’s County — and representing close to a quarter of the state’s new cases Monday.

Statewide, Maryland’s Eastern Shore continues to have the most new cases per capita in the past two weeks.

Dorchester County has seen 4.17 cases per 1,000 residents in the past two weeks, significantly more than the next-closest jurisdiction, Somerset County, with 2.62 per 1,000 residents, according to The Baltimore Sun’s coronavirus data. Neighboring Wicomico County is close behind at 2.41 cases per 1,000 residents in the past two weeks.

All other counties and Baltimore City are close to or below 1.5 cases per 1,000 residents in the past two weeks.

Maryland’s seven-day positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests returning positive over a week, was 3.25% Monday, up from 3.17% Sunday.

Hopkins' reported positivity rate, calculated differently than the state’s rate, was 2.47% as of Sunday, up slightly from 2.36% Saturday. The university’s data provider recently changed how it calculated its rate, reducing it significantly.

The state calculates the rate by measuring the percentage of positive tests out of the total number of tests, whereas Hopkins now uses a formula that divides the total number of tests by the number of people testing positive. Hopkins used to calculate the rate by dividing the number of new cases by the number of new people tested in a weeklong span.

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The pandemic has continued to disproportionately hit the state’s Black and Latino residents, who represent less than half of the state’s population but about 61% of cases thus far in which race is known. White people make up more than 58% of the state’s population but have represented just 31% of cases in which race is known.

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