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Another 864 people infected with the coronavirus in Maryland and at least four more have died, officials say

Coronavirus cases shot up by another 864 and at least four more people have died, according to data Maryland officials released Sunday; 523 people are hospitalized.

Since the state began in March tracking data related to the pandemic, at least 146,145 cases have been confirmed and 4,004 people have died.

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Maryland’s testing positivity rate is 3.84%, up from Saturday’s 3.77%, according to the state. Health officials count tests repeatedly taken by the same person and determine the seven-day average rate by dividing the number of positive tests by the number of tests taken.

The rate tracked by the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus resource center for Maryland is 3.08%. Hopkins calculates the positivity rate differently than the state.

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Cases have been ticking upward by about 900 daily this past week, as public health experts warn of conditions worsening during the winter. Saturday’s total was 967. Ten more fatalities were added to the death toll Saturday, although reporting on deaths can lag from the day they occur.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wrote on Twitter that while the state is not seeing the thousands of daily cases other states have been reporting in recent weeks, “we are concerned by several slowly rising metrics.”

“While our new cases and new deaths are down today, our positivity rate and hospitalizations are up slightly,” Hogan wrote.

Garrett and Dorchester counties, two largely rural counties on opposite sides of the state with populations around 30,000, have had average seven-day rolling positivity testing rates of above 5% for more than a week. Both counties had an average rate of 5.29% as of Sunday, according to state officials.

Prince George’s and Montgomery counties still lead the state in overall cases, with 33,248 and 26,114 confirmed cases, respectively.

In the Baltimore region, Baltimore County has 21,194 and Baltimore has 18,100. Cases in Anne Arundel County are 12,256. Howard County reported 5,988 cases, compared with Harford County’s 3,726. Carroll County has 2,301.

Across the state, 127 people were in intensive care and 396 were in acute care, as of Sunday. Since the pandemic began, 17,178 people have been hospitalized. Hospitalizations were at the highest so far this year on April 30 when 1,711 were admitted for care.

COVID-19 is much more deadly for people older than 80. Maryland’s most elderly account for 45% of the fatalities.

Overall, people 60 and older account for 29,078 cases and 3,467 deaths. Of those who died in that age group, 1,812 were at least age 80.

People 59 and younger make up 117,067 of the cases and 535 deaths.

State officials say another 148 people have probably died from the coronavirus, but their diagnosis has not been finalized.

The virus is affecting Maryland’s Black and Latino residents at disproportionate rates. People of those races account for 75,827 of the state’s cases for which demographic information is available, accounting for about 52% of total cases. Blacks and Latinos represent about 40% of the total population.

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White people account for 39,114 cases, or about 27% of the state’s total. The state’s population is about 58% white.

Asians accounted for 2,810 of the cases and an additional 6,792 people were categorized as another race. Racial data was unavailable on 21,602 of the cases.

Of the deaths where racial data is available, 1,727 were reported as white, 1,621 were African American, 455 were Latino and 146 were Asian. Forty-five of the state’s deaths were people categorized as “other” and racial data was unavailable on 10 deaths.

Baltimore Sun reporter Phil Davis contributed to this article.

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