xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Maryland reports 1,972 new coronavirus cases, 53 deaths on Tuesday

Maryland reported 1,972 new coronavirus cases Tuesday and 53 more related deaths.

The state reported 1,875 people were hospitalized with virus-related complications Tuesday, 25 more than Monday. At least 1,800 people have been in the hospital with the virus across Maryland every day for the past two weeks, after the state did not surpass that total in all of 2020.

Advertisement

Among those hospitalized with COVID-19, 411 required intensive care, 10 fewer than Monday.

The state also reported that 265,657 doses of the coronavirus vaccine had been administered as of Tuesday, a little less than half of the 551,700 doses Maryland has received. Of those vaccinated, 241,294 people had received their first dose and 24,363 had received their second.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Nearly 4% of Marylanders have gotten at least one shot; fewer than half of 1% have received both, according to the state.

The state’s reported seven-day positivity rate was 7.8%, down from 8.2% Monday. Tuesday was the first day Maryland’s statewide rate dropped below 8% in 2021. Before the resurgence of the virus in December, the state previously had surpassed that rate only three times since June.

The virus continues to be a scourge for some rural areas in Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore, and to spread widely in more populated parts of the state.

The statewide seven-day average rate of new infections was 42.14 per 100,000 people as of Monday, according to the state health department.

The rate was 73.11 per 100,000 in Washington County and 46.28 per 100,000 in Garrett County as of Monday, the state reported. But the rate in Allegany County, which was hard hit in November and December, is now lower than the state rate at 34.69 per 100,000.

On the Eastern Shore, Dorchester County led Maryland with a rate of 97.99 per 100,000 — more than double the statewide rate — while Wicomico and Worcester counties’ rates reached 55.84 and 59.3 per 100,000, respectively.

Baltimore City and Baltimore County reported case rates of 36.06 and 32.56 per 100,000 people. Anne Arundel County’s rate was 47.82 per 100,000, while Prince George County’s was 48.5.

COVID-19 has killed another patient in their 20s, according to state data. The victim was the 31st person between the ages of 20-29 to die from the illness.

Of those whose deaths were announced Tuesday, 24 were men and 29 were women.

The pandemic has been much more deadly for older people and those with pre-existing conditions or compromised immune systems. Of the people whose deaths the state reported Tuesday, 45 — or 85% — were ages 70 and older.

The coronavirus also has taken a disproportionate toll on minorities in Maryland.

Ten of Tuesday’s victims were Black, 22 were white, five were Latino and one was Asian, the state reported. The state reported that it lacked racial data for another dozen of the victims. Maryland’s population is roughly 59% white, 31% Black and 11% Latino, according to the Census.

The state has now reported a total of 330,186 confirmed virus cases and 6,476 deaths since it began tracking the pandemic in March.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement