Maryland added 839 confirmed cases of coronavirus to its tally Monday as hospitalizations due to the virus continued to decline slightly.
The state also reported 25 new deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, as well as 115 probable deaths, meaning the results haven’t been confirmed by a laboratory test. To date, 47,152 Marylanders have been infected with coronavirus and 2,187 have died.
There are currently 1,279 patients hospitalized for coronavirus, with 517 in intensive care, officials reported — continuing a steady decline.
The number of hospitalizations is the metric Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration is tracking most closely when deciding whether to further roll back coronavirus restrictions. Maryland is currently on phase one of its recovery plan, though some jurisdictions — like Baltimore City — have kept more strict measures in place.
In a video Monday, Hogan reflected on the intersection of Memorial Day and COVID-19.
“Although Marylanders are not encouraged to gather in large numbers, now more than ever on this Memorial Day, it is important to reflect on the heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Maryland’s proud history of fallen heroes dates back to before the founding of our great nation at the Battle of Long Island in the summer of 1776,” he said during the video, which he posted on his Twitter account.
Hogan made note of the lives lost to coronavirus complications, including 15-year-old Dar’yana Dyson. The Baltimore County girl died last week after showing symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, a rare ailment documented in children that is possibly linked to coronavirus.
“If these last few difficult months have reminded us of anything it is that life is fragile. We have now lost more than 2,000 Marylanders to the COVID-19 pandemic," Hogan said. “Just last week we lost the first child in our state to the virus—a 15-year-old girl from Baltimore County. We pray for her family. And on this Memorial Day weekend, we pray for all of our fallen.”
Prince George’s County continued to lead the state in the number of coronavirus cases with 13,726, followed by Montgomery (10,111), Baltimore County (5,476), and Baltimore City (4,888).
Black, Hispanic and Latino Marylanders also continue to see higher rates of coronavirus infections and deaths than other racial or ethnic groups. African-Americans account for the largest number of coronavirus cases by race, with 13,922, despite making up about 30% of the state’s population. Hispanics account for about 25% of the state’s known coronavirus infections, while they make up only 10% of Maryland’s population.