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Maryland health officials announce 712 new cases of coronavirus and 36 deaths

Maryland officials reported Saturday that the state has confirmed 712 new cases of the coronavirus.*

To date, there are 57,482 cases of COVID-19 in Maryland. Thirty-six more people died because of complications from the illness since Friday, bringing the state total up to 2,616* fatalities.

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In addition, 124 people have probably died because of the disease or complications of it but are awaiting laboratory results to confirm their diagnosis.

Saturday’s data show a continued decrease in hospitalizations in the state due to the virus, as 1,059 people are currently hospitalized, 17 fewer patients than Friday. There are 418 patients in intensive care.

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The percentage of people who test positive for the disease dropped by nearly half a percentage point to 8%* as testing capacity has increased across the state. Still, that rate remains among the highest in the country, according to numbers from Johns Hopkins.

Many public health experts say a positivity rate of 5% or below is ideal for controlling the virus.

Citing declining hospitalizations and positivity rates, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan lifted several more restrictions on businesses this past week, allowing many nonessential businesses such as nail salons to reopen.

Baltimore is operating on a slightly different timeline. Retail and indoor religious services remain off-limits, though some restrictions are easing. On Monday, hair salons, camps, child care, and outdoor religious services can resume with limitations. The Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar, under the Jones Falls Expressway, will reopen next Sunday.

Government officials and public health experts have warned that protests in the city and elsewhere could lead to a spike in new cases of the coronavirus. Crowds of up to thousands of people — not always wearing masks — have taken to the streets of Baltimore over the past 10 days to protest the death of George Floyd, the black Minnesota man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

The virus continues to disproportionately affect the state’s Latino and black populations. As of Saturday, Latino patients made up more than a quarter of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 despite making up roughly 10% of the state’s population.

See below for a breakdown by county, according to the state health department, and go here to see charts and maps of the makeup of confirmed cases in the state.

Allegany: 184

Anne Arundel: 4,210

Baltimore City: 6,141

Baltimore County: 6,696

Calvert: 354

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Caroline: 270

Carroll: 950

Cecil: 399

Charles: 1,196

Dorchester: 154

Frederick: 2,100

Garrett: 10

Harford: 947

Howard: 2,094

Kent: 185

Montgomery: 12,624

Prince George’s: 16,316

Queen Anne’s: 168

St. Mary’s: 548

Somerset: 76

Talbot: 108

Washington: 545

Wicomico: 975

Worcester: 232

* This article has been updated. An earlier version reported incorrect numbers of new coronavirus cases, deaths and the positivity rate.

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