Maryland reports fewer than 100 new COVID cases for first time since March 2020

Following a Memorial Day weekend that saw fewer people taking coronavirus tests, Maryland’s COVID testing positivity rate and hospitalizations inched up Wednesday even as new cases continued to trend lower.

Here’s a look at where the state Department of Health’s key pandemic indicators stood Wednesday:



Maryland added 65 new coronavirus infections, the first time there’s been fewer than 100 new confirmed cases since March 25, 2020, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office said in news release.

Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction, Montgomery County, reported only five new coronavirus infections, but Democratic County Executive Marc Elrich said in a tweet that several labs did not report data overnight and the county’s case numbers could be inflated Thursday.


The daily tally brings the state’s pandemic case count to 460,060. Over the past two weeks, the state has averaged 235 new cases daily.


Six more people were reported dead from COVID-19, the respiratory illness that has now killed 9,410 people since health officials began tracking its effects in March 2020.

The state has averaged nine deaths daily for the last 14 days.


Some 345 people remained hospitalized with the coronavirus, nine more than Tuesday.

Testing positivity

Maryland’s average coronavirus testing positivity rate was 1.44%, up from 1.42% the day before, the data shows.

That’s the first time since May 23 the rate, which measures the share of tests returned positive, has increased, the data shows.

About 6,440 tests were returned Tuesday, marking three days of fewer than 8,000 nasal swabs completed. Last week, the state averaged about 14,000 tests daily from Saturday through Monday.


The state reported 23,025 new coronavirus vaccinations Wednesday, more than twice the vaccinations reported on Tuesday.

About 6,985 more people received a first dose of the two-dose vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna and 15,170 completed the course. Additionally, 870 of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot immunizations were administered.

In sum, about 6.17 million vaccine doses have made their way into arms in Maryland. Meanwhile, 2.93 million have been fully vaccinated either by receiving the single-shot inoculation or finishing a two-dose schedule. That amounts to about 70.3% of the state’s adult population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maryland has reported an average of 27,808 new immunizations a day over the past week.

Federal entities in the state have dispensed about 202,600 vaccine doses.

Vaccines by age:

About 84.9% of Marylanders 65 and older, about 73% of residents 50 to 64 years old and about 58.3% of the state’s population between the ages of 18 and 49 have received at least one vaccine dose.

With only the Pfizer vaccine authorized for people under 18, and none available to anyone younger than 12, almost 38% of youths in Maryland 12 to 17 years old have gotten at least one immunization.

Vaccines by race:

Just less than 2.5 times more white people than Black people have been fully vaccinated in Maryland, reflecting a disparity in the state’s campaign. With white people in Maryland making up about 58.5% of the population and Black people accounting for 31%, the rate should be 1.9 times.

The disparity has been narrowing slowly. When it comes to first doses alone, 2.3 times more white people than Black people have received preliminary vaccines.

A month ago, 2.7 times more white people than Black people had been fully vaccinated and 2.47 times more white residents than Black residents had received first doses.

About 7.6% of the people who’ve been fully vaccinated in Maryland and whose ethnicity was known identified as Latino, a demographic that accounts for about 10.6% of residents, health data shows. A month ago, about 5.8% of residents fully vaccinated where ethnicity was recorded were Latino.

Vaccines by county:

Howard (66.5%) and Montgomery (63.1%) counties are the state’s only localities where more than 60% of their populations have received at least one vaccine dose. With about 56.7% and 53.2% of their respective populations of 1 million and 326,000, they also pace the state in terms of the shares of residents fully vaccinated.

They are among the state’s wealthiest counties: Howard has the highest median income, Montgomery the third highest, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Somerset County, with about 26,000 residents, continues to lag behind the rest of the state in vaccination rates. About 36.4% of residents of the Eastern Shore County have gotten at least one dose; about 30.6% have been fully vaccinated.

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