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Maryland fully vaccinates over 1 million as new COVID cases, positivity rate climb

As Maryland eclipsed 1 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 Thursday, state health officials reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 infections for the eighth time in nine days and the coronavirus testing positivity rate continued to inch up.

Here’s a look at other pandemic indicators:

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Cases

The state added 1,584 new coronavirus infections, bringing to 412,928 Maryland’s case count throughout the pandemic, according to the state health department. The figure represents the most new cases reported daily since Jan. 31.

Deaths

Seventeen more people were reported dead from the disease, which has now killed 8,118 in Maryland since March of 2020, health department data shows.

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Hospitalizations

Some 1,013 remained in Maryland hospitals battling the disease’s effects, 17 fewer than a day earlier. It was the fourth day in a row with at least 1,000 people remaining hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 236 required intensive care.

Almost 38,000 have been hospitalized in the state throughout the pandemic.

Testing positivity

Maryland’s testing positivity rate crept up to 5.51%, 0.21 percentage points higher than the day before.

The rate, which measures the average number of tests returned positive over the last week, has increased more than two percentage points since hitting a 2021 low of 3.24% on March 3. It’s still considerably below the 9.47% peak recorded Jan. 3 during a winter surge of the virus.

An additional 33,395 tests were reported completed Thursday. More than 8.8 million nasal swabs from Maryland have been sent to labs throughout the pandemic.

Vaccines

Maryland health officials reported that providers across Maryland administered 70,252 more COVID-19 immunizations. Some 34,496 received their first of the two-dose vaccines made Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, while 30,722 completed their regimen.

About 5,034 received one of the single-shot immunizations produced by Johnson & Johnson, the rollout of which was marred by an error at a Baltimore factory that ruined about 15 million doses.

More than 1.75 million initial immunizations have been administered in Maryland since Dec. 14, while the state surpassed 1 million people fully inoculated by completing a two-dose schedule or receiving a single-shot vaccine. That means about 16.6% of the state’s 6 million residents have achieved maximum protection against the disease.

Vaccines by age:

Just over 72% of Marylander residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while about 39.5% of residents between 50 and 64 years old have gotten at least an initial immunization, according to the health department.

Vaccines by race:

About 3.3 times as many white people have been fully vaccinated as Black people in Maryland, whereas about 2.8 times as many white people have gotten at least one dose compared to Black people, health department data shows. Those demographic groups account for approximately 58.5% and 31% of the state’s population.

Latino people, who make up roughly 11% of Marylanders, have received about 4.7% of all the doses administered in the state.

Vaccines by county:

Talbot County has seen almost a quarter of its population completely vaccinated. Two of its Eastern Shore peers, Kent and Worcester counties, and more populous Howard County are the only other jurisdictions in the state where more than 20% of residents have completed their immunizations.

In the Washington metropolitan area, Charles and Prince George’s counties continue to lag behind the rest of the state. Just 11.34% of Charles’ approximately 163,000 people and 10.37% of Prince George’s 909,000 people have been completely vaccinated.

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