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Coronavirus cases hit 3,125 in Maryland, with statewide death toll at 53, officials say; Carroll County reports more nursing home deaths

Confirmed cases of the coronavirus hit 3,125 in Maryland on Saturday, with the death toll rising to 53, state officials said.

That was an increase of 367 overall cases and 11 deaths, from Friday, marking a 13% increase in total case volume and a 26% increase in deaths. Total hospitalizations from the deadly respiratory illness COVID-19 in the state had reached 821, an daily increase of 157.

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The updated figures were released a day after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said the virus was “everywhere” in the state, including in 60 nursing homes and multiple correctional facilities, affecting both young people and old. Cases have been reported in every county in the state.

“We now have widespread, community transmission,” he said. “This virus is everywhere and it is a threat to nearly everyone.”

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The Maryland Department of Health announced further information on the 11 deaths Saturday evening. Four of the deaths were residents of Prince George’s County, with two men in their 50s, one in his 60s and a woman in her 70s. Two Anne Arundel County women died, one being in her 70s and another at least 80 years old. The other victims were a Baltimore City man in his 50s, a Baltimore City woman in her 60s, a Baltimore County man in his 60s, a Carroll County man over 80 years of age and a Howard County man in his 70s. The state did not announce how many of the victims had underlying medical conditions.

Also Saturday, Carroll County health officials confirmed four additional deaths from the coronavirus. Three were from Pleasant View Nursing Home: a man in his 60s and two women in their 80s. At Carroll Lutheran Village, a woman in her 90s died. These were not included in the state’s figures earlier in the day. Officials also reported three additional cases in the county: a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s, and a woman in her 60s. Twelve county residents have recovered. These figures were not included in the state’s total.

The state said 22,485 people have tested negative for the virus in Maryland, and 159 people have been released from isolation.

There have now been more than 1.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus globally, with more than 60,000 deaths. There have been more than 278,000 cases, and 7,100 deaths, in the United States alone.

A key concern among public health officials is a surge in cases that overwhelms hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Those hit hardest by the virus need intensive care, and sometimes ventilators, which are in short supply.

Hogan said Friday that 43% of 416 people hospitalized in the state were in intensive care. Officials did not provide a breakdown for how many of the new hospitalizations through Saturday involved an elevated level of care.

Hogan, like some other governors, has taken dramatic steps under a state emergency declaration to limit the spread of the virus, including by shuttering nonessential businesses and issuing a stay-at-home order for residents.

Still unclear in the data released by the state are the racial demographics of the infected — data that have been called for by some Maryland lawmakers, including state Del. Nick Mosby, a Baltimore Democrat who is running for City Council president.

After the latest numbers posted Saturday, Mosby took to Twitter, writing, “Every day we go without the full dataset, directly impacts our ability to deliver the most effective and equitable response to Marylanders in the midst of this crisis."

Baltimore Sun reporters Nathan Ruiz and Christina Tkacik contributed to this article.

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