Maryland officials on Saturday confirmed 692 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 more deaths stemming from the disease.
Maryland has seen a total of 61,305 cases and a death toll of 2,799 since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations for the coronavirus dropped for the 17th day in a row to 799 people, 321 of whom are in intensive care, state officials said.
The state has conducted a total of 483,826 tests, with the positivity rate at 6.77%. State health officials said 347,453 people have tested negative for the disease.
While cases continue to emerge around the region, the figures appear to indicate the pandemic is easing in Maryland. The United States, however, is still reporting close to 1,000 deaths a day, about a quarter of the daily deaths across the world.
Gov. Larry Hogan has said officials are watching these metrics in deciding when to roll back restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Still, one of Hogan’s top public health advisers, Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said Thursday that he does not agree with Hogan’s decision to end certain limits on indoor gatherings.
And Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and city health commissioner Letitia Dzirasa said Friday that they will not decide whether to roll back some of the citywide restrictions until next week -— when the impact of Memorial Day weekend celebrations and public protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody can be observed in the public health data.