Maryland reports 2,265 coronavirus cases, 23 COVID-19 deaths

Maryland reported 2,265 new coronavirus cases Monday and 23 more deaths tied to COVID-19.

Maryland has now seen 816 deaths in December, the highest of any month besides April and May, both months in which more than 1,000 people died in the state.


Maryland has reported 1,302 deaths so far in November and December — about a quarter of the state’s overall death toll — after reporting fewer than 200 in October.

The average number of newly reported deaths is getting closer to the pandemic high. The state’s 14-day average of new deaths reported daily hit 43 as of Monday, approaching May’s peak of 52. Four weeks ago, that average was 15.


Among those reported to have died from the virus, all but four were 60 or older, a group of people that has made up more than 87% of Maryland’s death toll. The four exceptions were people in their 50s.

Younger people have been more likely to test positive for the virus, as people under the age of 35 had a seven-day average positivity rate of 8.34% Sunday, nearly a full percentage point higher than the rate for people above the age of 35.

The state reported 1,676 people hospitalized with virus-related complications Monday, 14 more than Sunday. After declining for four straight days from a pandemic high of 1,799 Tuesday, hospitalizations were up for the second straight day.

Among those hospitalized, 399 needed intensive care, seven fewer than Sunday.

The state now has reported 1,000 or more virus cases for 48 consecutive days and 2,000 or more cases for 24 of past 27 days, including every day in December, after never doing so before mid-November.

Maryland has added nearly 108,000 confirmed cases in November and December, more than 42% of the state’s cases during the pandemic.

Statewide, the seven-day average case rate per 100,000 people has dipped in recent days, going from a pandemic high of 48.34 Dec. 10 to 38.19 Sunday. The state’s 14-day average of new daily cases also dipped from 2,756 Thursday — the second-highest it has been during the pandemic — to 2,553 Monday.

The new data bring the state to a total of 253,073 confirmed virus cases and 5,302 deaths since March. Maryland passed the 250,000 confirmed case mark Sunday.


“With Christmas coming, we cannot afford to let our guard down,” Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, wrote in a statement Sunday after the state passed 250,000 cases. “You truly are safer at home for the holidays. The necessary sacrifices we make this season will absolutely help to keep your friends and loved ones safe.”

Case rates in Western Maryland remain among the highest in the state, but the hot spots have cooled off a bit in recent days.

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Allegany County’s seven-day average case rate per 100,000 people has been more than halved since Dec. 6, when it was at a pandemic high of 198.41, It was down to 88.86 Sunday. But that’s still more than twice the statewide average and the highest in the state. The county added two new deaths Monday, bringing its death total to 142. Allegany now has reported more than one case per 14 residents.

Although Garrett County’s seven-day average case rate per 100,000 people ticked up a bit to 75.33 Sunday, it has trended down since being 120.14 Dec. 7. The county added six new cases and two new deaths Monday, bringing its death total to 36.

Washington County, which had seen its seven-day average case rate per 100,000 people quickly rise in recent weeks, has seen that rate decline from a pandemic high of 87.48 Thursday to 77.93 Sunday. But the county also reported 171 new cases Monday, about 2.5% of its pandemic total.

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Somerset County — hard-hit in recent weeks — reported three new deaths, bringing its death total to 19. The county had the second-highest seven-day average case rate per 100,000 people in Maryland at 84.21 Sunday.


Baltimore City’s seven-day average case rate per 100,000 people fell from 46.38 Dec. 10 to 30.93 as of Sunday. City officials implemented a ban on indoor and outdoor dining Dec. 11.

During that same peeriod, Baltimore County’s seven-day average case rate per 100,000 people dropped from 46.03 to 34. Baltimore County has not banned indoor or outdoor dining.

The state’s reported seven-day positivity rate was 7.72%, up slightly from 7.68% Sunday. The daily positivity rate reported Monday was 7.52%.