Maryland reports 611 new coronavirus cases, 17 associated deaths

A week from Monday, March begins again. That Friday, March 5, will mark a year since Maryland confirmed its first three cases of COVID-19.

Since then, the state has reported 376,966 coronavirus infections, along with 7,550 related deaths.


The state reported 611 new cases Monday, seven fewer than Sunday, and 17 more fatalities. It was the first time in four months that there have been fewer than 700 new cases on consecutive days and the eighth time in nine days Maryland’s daily count of new infections fell below 1,000.

Nearly a year removed from its first virus cases, Maryland is now in the process of distributing vaccine to protect against it. Another 8,788 Marylanders received their first COVID-19 vaccination Sunday, the state said, compared to 10,812 recipients the prior day. More than 1 million vaccine doses have been administered overall, according to state data, leaving 5.79% of Marylanders fully vaccinated, while 12.2% have received at least one of the needed two shots.


Of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions, all but two have administered at least one shot to 10% of more of their respective populations. Those two counties are Prince George’s and Charles counties.

At 21.7%, Kent County is the lone jurisdiction to partly vaccinate more than a fifth of its population. At least 5% of the population in 21 jurisdictions has been fully vaccinated.

White residents account for less than twice the proportion of the state’s overall population as Black residents, but have received four times as many first vaccine doses as Black residents. Of the doses where the recipient’s race was known, more than two-thirds have been given to white residents, compared to about 16% for Black residents.

The virus’ impact on those two races hasn’t shown nearly as wide of a gap. When considering only cases where the infected person’s race was known, 40% have been confirmed in white residents, with 33% in Black residents, whereas the groups respectively account for 59.5% and 31.1% of Maryland’s population, according to U.S. census data. Of victims whose race was known, 51.5% were white and 34.7% were Black.

The state’s seven-day testing positivity rate, which approximately measures the percentage of tests that return positive results over the previous week, was at 3.91% on Monday, the first time that figure has been beneath 4% since Nov. 3. The rate has increased only once in the past 13 days, declining from 5.78% in that span. The metric was at 7.49% one month ago.

A day after the number of people hospitalized with the virus fell under 1,000 for the first time in more than three months, Maryland reported 992 virus-related hospitalizations Monday, an increase of 19 from the day before. Of those, 276 cases required intensive care, eight fewer than Sunday. Almost 35,000 patients have been hospitalized in Maryland because of the virus over the past year.

“While we wait on the federal government to get us more vaccines, this is another encouraging indication that we are making real progress against this deadly pandemic,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement on the overall declines in hospitalizations and positivity rate. “While fewer Marylanders are becoming seriously ill, we need to keep taking precautions so that we can remain on the road to recovery.”