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Maryland COVID hospitalizations, positivity rate decline

Following a slight increase after Memorial Day, coronavirus hospitalizations in Maryland dropped Friday while the state’s testing positivity rate notched another low mark, health department data shows.

Here’s a look at where the state’s pandemic indicators stood Friday:

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Cases

Maryland added 145 coronavirus infections, boosting the state’s pandemic case count to 460,339.

Deaths

Three more people were reported dead from COVID-19, which has killed 9,417 people in Maryland since March 2020.

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Hospitalizations

After increasing slightly following Memorial Day weekend, the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus dropped by 29 Friday. About 318 people remained in hospitals statewide.

Of those hospitalized, 78 patients required intensive care.

Testing positivity

Marking a new low, Maryland’s average coronavirus testing positivity rate was 1.37%, down from 1.39% the day before.

The state reported 22,974 new test results Friday, almost 1,400 more than reported Wednesday. A total of about 10.47 million nasal swabs from Maryland have been tested for COVID-19.

Vaccinations

Maryland reported 30,572 new vaccinations Friday, including 11,365 first doses of Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna’s two-dose vaccines and 18,158 second doses. About 1,049 of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot immunizations also were administered.

More than 49% of the state’s 6 million residents have been fully vaccinated by completing a two-dose course or receiving the single shot inoculation, according to the state health department. More than 6.2 million doses have been administered overall, with almost 58% of Marylanders having received at least one vaccine.

The state has reported an average of 25,847 immunizations daily over the last week, a rate about half what it was two weeks ago, the data shows.

Federal entities in Maryland have administered some 202,602 vaccines.

Vaccines by age:

About 70.4% of adults in Maryland have received at least one vaccine dose. That figure includes 85.1% of residents 65 and older, 73.4% of those 50 to 64 years old and 58.8% of Marylanders between the ages of 18 and 49, the data shows.

With just one vaccine authorized for people under 18, and none for children younger than 12, just over 39% of Maryland’s youth 12 to 17 years old have been vaccinated, the state said.

Vaccines by race:

About 2.48 times more white residents than Black residents have been fully vaccinated in Maryland, which has a population that’s 58.5% white and 31% Black, the data shows. When it comes to first doses alone, white people have gotten about 2.3 times more than Black people.

The state is about 10.6% Latino, yet approximately 7.6% of the people who’ve been fully vaccinated and whose ethnicity was known identified as Latino, the data shows. As for first doses, 8.6% of the recipients whose ethnicity was recorded were Latino.

Vaccines by county:

For more than a month, Somerset County has trailed the rest of the state in vaccinations. About 31.3% of the Eastern Shore county’s 26,000 residents have been fully vaccinated, while about 37% have gotten at least one dose — both bottom marks in Maryland, the data shows.

It’s one of Maryland’s poorest localities, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. About 23.6% of people in Somerset live in poverty, the largest share in the state, while the median household income is about $37,803, the lowest in the state.

Cecil County is ahead of only Somerset in both vaccination rates. Approximately 32.8% of the county’s roughly 103,000 residents have been fully vaccinated; about 38.8% have been partially immunized.

In Cecil, which is about 88% white, about 10.3% of people live in poverty, the 10th highest share in the state, census estimates show. The median household income is about $76,887, a little below the statewide average.

Maryland’s westernmost jurisdiction, Garret County, ranks third in vaccination rates. About 34.8% of Garrett’s population of approximately 29,000 have been fully vaccinated and 39.6% have gotten at least one dose.

Census estimates show Garrett is more than 97% white. About 12.8% of Garrett’s people live in poverty, the six highest share in the state. The median household income is $52,917, a figure above only four other localities.

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