Maryland confirmed an additional 859 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths linked COVID-19 on Monday.
It’s the first time the state has counted fewer than 1,000 new cases since March 30.
Here’s a breakdown of Monday’s numbers:
After a stretch of more than 1,000 cases a day for nearly a week, the number of new cases dipped below that level Monday. But Maryland hasn’t reported consecutive days of fewer than 1,000 new confirmed daily cases since March 22 and 23.
And the 1,669 cases reported Sunday were the most the state has added in a single day since Jan. 31, when Maryland tallied 1,747 new confirmed cases.
State officials have reported a total of 418,188 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, since they began tracking the pandemic in March 2020.
The average daily case increase still pales in comparison to the state’s peak in mid-January, when a post-holiday surge saw the state average more than 2,900 cases per day over a 14-day period.
The dozen deaths reported Monday pushed the pandemic’s total confirmed death toll in Maryland to 8,177.
While the COVID-19 deaths don’t necessarily occur on the day they’re reported, the state has announced an average of more than 14 new deaths linked to the virus each day over the past week.
Maryland also reported another death suspected to be linked to COVID-19, bringing the number of probable deaths, which lack a positive test result, to 186 and the overall number of fatalities to at least 8,363.
Of the people whose deaths were reported Monday, three were 80 or older, six were in their 70s, two were in their 60s, and one was in their 50s. Eight were women and four were men.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 34 to 1,165 — 260 of whom required intensive care, as of Monday.
The increase was roughly half the size of the previous day’s, which saw 67 more people hospitalized, the single largest increase in hospitalizations since Jan. 6.
Maryland has had more than 1,000 people in its hospitals with COVID-19 for eight straight days.
The statewide seven-day average positivity rate is now nearly 5.8%, down from Sunday’s average rate of 5.9%. The rate had increased for the previous eight straight days.
While the state says more than 1.1 million Marylanders have been fully vaccinated, an increase in the infection rate that began in late March has continued into April. Maryland remains above the 5% mark, which the World Health Organization considers a prerequisite to safe reopening.
State health officials on Monday reported that 22,913 more doses of the three coronavirus vaccines were shot into people’s arms.
Of those, 12,586 were first of two doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. An additional 9,261 doses were the second shot of those two vaccines, and 1,066 were of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
About 18.6% of Maryland’s population has been fully vaccinated as of Monday, and roughly 32.5% of residents are at least partially immunized after having received at least the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Vaccinations by age:
State health officials say about 73.69% of Marylanders ages 65 or older have received at least their first dose of a vaccine as of Monday.
In addition, 43.66% of residents ages 50 to 64 have received at least their first dose, along with 27.9% of those ages 18 to 49, according to the state health department.
Vaccinations by race:
Black Marylanders make up fewer than 21% of those who are fully vaccinated, when accounting for available racial data provided by state health officials. The demographic accounts for about 31% of the state’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and Black residents have been vaccinated at a disproportionately slower rate than those who are white.
Comparatively, white residents, who make up about 58.5% of the state’s population, are more than two-thirds of the fully vaccinated residents whose race is known by the state.
The data is also similar for Hispanic or Latino residents when comparing available ethnicity statistics. They made up just over 4% of those fully vaccinated whose ethnicity was known, despite accounting for about 11% of the state’s population.
The state lacks ethnicity data (Hispanic or non-Hispanic) for 42,557 fully vaccinated residents.
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The vaccination rates in Maryland’s counties show geographic and racial disparities in the rollout.
Kent, Talbot and Worcester counties — all counties where at least 81% of the population is white and at least 27% of residents are 65 or older — are still the top three counties for residents who have been fully vaccinated. All three had more than 23.5% of their residents fully inoculated.
Vaccination rates continue to lag in areas with large Black populations.
Prince George’s County, a jurisdiction of about 909,000 residents where Black residents account for more than 64% of its population, is nearing 12% of residents fully vaccinated, the lowest rate in the state.
Charles County, where more than half of roughly 163,000 residents are Black, has the second-lowest rate of fully vaccinated residents in Maryland, with health officials reporting that about 12.52% of residents have been fully inoculated as of Monday.