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Five new coronavirus deaths in Maryland announced Sunday afternoon, bringing state’s total to 15

Five more people in Maryland have died of the coronavirus, the Maryland Department of Health announced Sunday afternoon in a news release.

The number of COVID-19 deaths rose from 10 to 15 Sunday after increasing from five to 10 Saturday.

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The deaths announced Sunday were a Carroll County man in his 90s; a Howard County man in his 70s; a Prince George’s County man in his 30s; a Prince George’s County woman in her 50s; and a Prince George’s County man in his 70s. All five had underlying health conditions.

On Sunday morning, Maryland announced that 247 new cases had been confirmed since Saturday morning, including 72 in Carroll County after the disease spread in a Mount Airy retirement home.

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That brought Carroll’s total of confirmed cases to 82 and the statewide number to 1,239.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Saturday night that 66 residents of the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Mount Airy had been infected with the disease and that 11 had been hospitalized.

Montgomery and Prince George’s counties continued to lead the state in confirmed cases.

Michael Ricci, Hogan’s spokesman, wrote that 46 new cases were confirmed in Montgomery County since Saturday, raising the total number of cases to 301.

Officials have confirmed 51 new cases in Prince George’s County, Ricci wrote, bringing the D.C. suburb’s total up to 247 cases.

The two counties account for a little less than half of all coronavirus cases in the state.

Ricci wrote that an additional 39 people have been released from isolation and that 12,534 tests for the disease have come back negative.

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