Maryland officials announced Monday that for the first time in nearly two months hospitalizations for the coronavirus fell below 1,000.
Currently, there are 979 people hospitalized statewide with 392 in intensive care. The last time hospitalizations were below 1,000 was April 10.
The administration of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has been tracking hospitalizations closely to determine the impact of the pandemic and whether to take additional steps to ease restrictions on businesses and the economy put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The state confirmed 431 new cases of the infection Monday, bringing the state’s cumulative total to 58,404 cases. Twenty-eight more people died due to complications from the illness since Sunday, bringing the state death toll up to 2,653 fatalities.
Maryland has completed 435,363 tests, and the statewide positivity rate has fallen to 7.38% — down more than 72% from its peak on April 17, Hogan said in a tweet. Officials say 313,099 people have tested negative for the virus.
The virus continues to disproportionately affect African American and Latino communities. As of Monday, the state’s African American population had 16,857 cases with 1,104 deaths. Hispanic Marylanders account for 15,394 cases and 258 deaths. Both demographics combined constitute roughly 40% of the state’s population.
Prince George’s and Montgomery counties continue to lead the state in total cases, with 16,523 and 12,818, respectively, followed by Baltimore County with 6,814 and Baltimore City with 6,296.
In the Baltimore region, the hardest hits area include the 21224 ZIP code of Canton and Highlandtown with 1,056 cases, followed by 21215 in northwest Baltimore with 720, 21228 of Catonsville with 632, 21207 of Woodlawn with 601, 21229 of West Baltimore with 538, and 21222 of Dundalk with 520 cases.