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Maryland sees lowest hospitalization numbers due to coronavirus since end of March

The 358 people hospitalized Sunday due to COVID-19 represents the lowest number the state has experienced since the end of March, in the early days of the pandemic.

Maryland officials also reported that the state has confirmed 497 new cases of the coronavirus, a 27-person drop from the previous day.

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The state has confirmed 107,791 total cases of COVID-19. The daily infection rate has increased day over day since 377 cases were added Tuesday.

Six more people died due to complications from the illness since Saturday, bringing the state total up to 3,609 fatalities. In addition, 143 people have probably died because of the disease or complications of it, but are awaiting laboratory results to confirm their diagnosis.

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The state reports the positivity rate is now 3.30%. The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center measures a 4.5% positivity rate in Maryland, one of 23 states, in addition to Washington, D.C., under the recommended 5% threshold.

Hopkins and the Maryland Department of Health calculate positivity rates using two different data sets. Maryland considers the number of total tests administered, whereas Hopkins uses the number of people tested.

Of the 358 people in the state hospitalized with the virus, 251 of them are in acute care and 107 are in intensive care.

In total, 14,255 people in Maryland have been hospitalized because of complications from COVID-19, the state reported.

Montgomery and Prince George’s counties continue to lead the state in total deaths, with 781 and 768, respectively. Baltimore County has the third most deaths in the state with 578, followed by 443 in Baltimore City and 226 in Anne Arundel County.

Black and Latino populations continue to be disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Of the cases for which race is known, Black and Latino Marylanders account for about two-thirds of infections in the state, with about 65.9%, whereas white Marylanders have had about 26.7% of cases. White Marylanders account for 42% of coronavirus deaths in the state, with 1,524, compared with 1,486 Black Marylanders, or 41%.

According to the latest U.S. Census data, 58.5% of Marylanders are white, 31.1% are Black and 10.6% are Hispanic or Latino.

When it comes to age, people younger than 40 account for 47.3% of all confirmed cases in the state. But that age group accounts for about 1.9% of the state’s death toll from the virus, which tends to be most deadly for older populations. Marylanders over the age of 80 represent 45.5% of coronavirus deaths in the state.

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