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Maryland reports 917 new COVID cases, 19 fatalities

After days of increasing slightly, the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Maryland as well as the state’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate held steady Wednesday.

Here’s where the rest of the state’s pandemic-tracking statistics stood.

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Cases

Maryland reported 917 new coronavirus cases, increasing the state’s case count to 395,633 since health officials began monitoring the disease more than a year ago.

Deaths

Nineteen more Marylanders were reported dead from COVID-19 Wednesday, with the disease’s casualty count rising to 7,915 people in the state.

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Hospitalizations

The number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 held steady Wednesday at 805. However, the proportion of those hospitalized who required intensive care grew to 226, 13 more than a day earlier.

Hospitalizations had ticked up slightly for four days consecutively before Wednesday, though the figures remain less than half the pandemic peak of 1,952 hospitalized with the disease on Jan. 13.

Vaccines

Maryland health officials reported 46,737 vaccines were administered across the state Wednesday. About 31,576 received an initial immunization of the two-dose vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna and 14,415 received their second dose. Just 746 people received one of the single-dose immunizations made by Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccinators in the state have shot almost 2 million immunizations into arms. Approximately 725,210 people have been fully vaccinated, almost 12% of the state’s population, and almost 1.27 million have received their preliminary immunization, nearly 21% of the state’s 6 million residents.

An average of 43,487 vaccine doses have been administered daily in Maryland over the last week.

Vaccines by age:

About 61.5% of Maryland residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the state health department. The state’s elderly are among those who have been prioritized for vaccinations, along with health care workers, educators and others.

Vaccines by race:

About 3.7 as many white people in Maryland have been vaccinated fully compared to Black people, though when incorporating first doses the proportion is about 3.3 to 1, meaning the gap is starting to narrow.

White people have gotten about 66% of the vaccine doses administered in the state for which the recipients’ race was known. They account for about 58.5% of the state’s population, 40% of the coronavirus cases and 51.7% of the deaths. About 31% of Maryland residents are Black, though Black people have received about 20% of the vaccines, 33% of COVID-19 infections and 34% of fatalities.

Making up about 11% of the population and accounting for 18% of cases and 9% of deaths for which the person’s ethnicity was known, Latino people have received about 4% of the vaccines for which the recipients’ ethnicity was recorded.

Vaccines by county:

Kent, Worcester and Talbot counties, all on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, continue to pace the state in the percentage of their populations that have been fully vaccinated. The proportion was 19.77% in Kent, 18.5% in Worcester and 18.33% in Talbot.

In the Washington suburbs, Prince George’s and Charles counties, both of which are predominantly Black, have fully vaccinated the smallest shares of their populations. They are the only two counties that have completely immunized less than 10% of their populations. About 6.78% of Prince George’s residents have been fully vaccinated; roughly 8.38% of Charles’ have. Baltimore City and Somerset County are third at about 10.2%.

Testing positivity

Like hospitalizations, the state’s average testing positivity rate did not change over the last 24 hours, staying at 3.96%. The indicator, which measures the number of COVID-19 tests returned positive over the last week, had increased for six days in a row before leveling.

The state reported 24,617 tests for the disease were completed over the last 24 hours, and approximately 8.36 million swabs conducted since testing began last year.

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