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Maryland leads nation in administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine, CDC reports

As Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine continues to be disseminated to combat COVID-19, Maryland has given out more doses of the latest inoculation than any other state, according to the most recent vaccination update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC report, released Monday afternoon, has Maryland receiving 65,100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the 15th most among states, but the state has administered more than 19,000 of them. Maryland has been administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at its mass vaccination sites, including M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and the recently opened site at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.

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The state’s increasing count of vaccinations paired with the declines in several other key areas — relative to where they were during a spike seen throughout the winter — prompted Gov. Larry Hogan to lift several restrictions on restaurants, gyms and other places Tuesday.

Here’s where Maryland’s coronavirus-related indicators stood Tuesday morning.

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Cases

Maryland reported 631 new cases Tuesday, bringing the total count of confirmed infections in the state to 388,666. The state has reported fewer than 1,000 new cases each day since Feb. 19.

Deaths

The state reported 25 more Marylanders have died of the coronavirus or its effects. In all, 7,806 residents with confirmed COVID-19 infections have died.

Hospitalizations

The state’s reported count of patients facing the effects of COVID-19 did not change from Monday. There are 792 virus-related patients in Maryland’s hospitals, with 215 of those cases requiring intensive care. Both figures represent the lowest those numbers have been since November.

Vaccinations

Another 23,670 Marylanders received their first doses of coronavirus vaccine Monday, meaning 17.3% of the state’s 6 million-plus residents are at least partially vaccinated — a measurement Maryland ranks 28th in among states, according to the CDC.

About 9.5% are fully vaccinated, meaning they have received both of the shots needed for best protection with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines; Maryland ranks 21st among states in the percentage of complete vaccinations, per the CDC. The state’s dashboard does not yet include Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine, though state health department spokesman Charlie Gischlar said Monday an update is in the works.

Maryland has administered 1.6 million doses in all. The state ranks 33rd in doses administered per 100,000 residents, according to the CDC.

Vaccines by age: Maryland reported that 50% of its 65-and-older population has received at least one dose of vaccine. The national average is nearly 56%, according to data from the CDC.

Nationally, 73.7% of those who have been vaccinated at least once have been 50 or older, per the CDC. In Maryland, residents of that age range account for fewer than two-thirds of those to receive at least one dose.

Vaccines by race and ethnicity: The disparity in doses given to Black residents compared to white residents continues to marginally decline. After exceeding 4-to-1 for months, the ratio has dropped to 3.7-to-1. Maryland’s white population is slightly less than twice the size of its Black population, at 59% to 31%, according to U.S. Census data.

Latino residents, though, have seen little change in the proportion of doses they are receiving. About 4.1% of Maryland’s administered doses have gone to Latino residents, who represent about 11% of the state’s overall population.

Vaccines by county: At least 10% of the population in all 24 of Maryland’s jurisdiction have been vaccinated at least once. Four counties have administered a dose to a fifth of their populations, with Garrett County, at 19.9%, likely to cross that bench mark as soon as Wednesday.

Five of Maryland’s top six jurisdictions by percent of population vaccination are also among the state’s eight smallest by population. The exception is Howard County, which is sixth in population and fourth in percentage of population to have received a dose.

Positivity rate

The state’s seven-day testing positivity rate, which effectively measures the percentage of tests that return positive results in a weeklong span, was at 3.40% Tuesday, up from 3.36% Monday.

Baltimore Sun reporter Christine Condon contributed to this report.

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