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Maryland adds 1,000 new COVID cases for sixth straight day

Maryland reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for the sixth straight day, as more than 31,000 doses of vaccine doses were administered, according to state data released Monday.

While Maryland has relaxed many coronavirus restrictions as vaccines roll out, the statewide positivity rate is again on the verge of the 5% threshold the World Health Organization recommends jurisdictions stay below before lifting regulations.

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The number of deaths and hospitalizations from the disease also increased in the past 24 hours, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

Here’s how the numbers break down:

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Cases

State health officials reported 1,031 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the state total up to 409,075 cases since officials began tracking the virus in March 2020.

It’s the sixth consecutive day that Maryland has reported more than 1,000 new cases, as March has seen officials report an uptick in the infection rate across the state. The increased cases remain well below the peak in January, when the state reported nearly 3,000 cases a day following the holiday season.

Deaths

Health officials reported nine more people died due to complications from COVID-19, pushing Maryland’s total pandemic death toll to at least 8,075.

Hospitalizations

Maryland reported an increase of 69 people hospitalized with the coronavirus Monday. The total number of people hospitalized reached 1,039 — surpassing 1,000 for the first time since Feb. 20.

Of those patients, 248 required intensive care, according to the state.

Testing positivity

The statewide testing positivity rate rose to 4.99% on Sunday. The rate, which measures the percentage of positive tests over the past seven days, has now increased for three straight days.

Fifteen jurisdictions — Baltimore City (5.04%) and Anne Arundel (6.25%), Baltimore (5.51%), Calvert (5.38%), Caroline (5.25%), Carroll (5.8%), Cecil (5.49%), Charles (7.44%), Frederick (6.03%), Harford (8.54%), Howard (5.04%), Prince George’s (5.34%), Washington (7.42%), Wicomico (5.84%) and Worcester (5.5%) counties — are now above the state average.

The state health department reported that 17,562 tests were completed statewide in the past 24 hours.

Vaccinations

Health officials administered 31,644 total doses of the coronavirus vaccines over the past 24 hours, the state reported Monday.

Marylanders have received 2,564,507 total doses since the vaccines began arriving in December.

Vaccines by age

The state health department reported that 70.7% of Maryland’s population of residents ages 65 or older have received at least their first dose of the vaccine as of Monday.

Additionally, state health officials reported that 35.63% of Marylanders ages 50 to 64 have received their first dose, as well as 23.5% of residents ages 18 to 49 and 3.4% of 16- and 17-year-olds. Maryland began offering immunizations last week to anyone who is at least 60 years old.

Vaccines by race

White people have received about 68.3% of the vaccines for which the person’s race was known to Black Marylanders’ 19.8%, a racial gap that has been slowly closing after initially being as high as 4-to-1. The demographic groups make up 58.5% and 31% of the state’s population, respectively.

Latino residents also have been fully inoculated at a slower rate when comparing ethnicity data. According to the state, 3.96% of people who have been fully vaccinated identify as Hispanic or Latino when comparing vaccination rates where ethnicity data was available. The demographic represents about 11% of Maryland’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and about 9.1% of coronavirus deaths where racial and ethnicity data was available.

Vaccines by county

Prince George’s and Charles counties, two majority-Black counties located in the Washington area, are still the only two jurisdictions with fewer than 10% of residents fully inoculated against the coronavirus.

About 9.12% of Prince George’s County’s roughly 909,000 residents and 9.6% of Charles County’s roughly 163,000 residents have been fully vaccinated, the two lowest rates in Maryland as of Monday, according to state health department data.

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