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Maryland adds 567 coronavirus cases, 2 deaths Monday

Maryland health officials reported 567 new cases of the coronavirus Monday as well as two related fatalities, pushing the total case count to 104,669 and the death toll to 3,554.

The state, which paused its economic recovery plan last month in response to rising positivity rates in several jurisdictions and among people in their 20s and 30s, measured its positivity rate Monday at 3.27%, a slight uptick over the last few days.

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Johns Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center, which tracks positivity rates nationwide, listed Maryland’s rate at 4.30%, placing it among 19 other states under the recommended threshold of 5%. The two entities calculate the rate with different data sets, with the Maryland Department of Health using the total number of tests administered and Hopkins using the number of people tested.

As of Monday, the state reported that more than 1.7 million tests have been administered in Maryland, and over 1.4 million of them have been negative.

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As of Monday, 407 people were hospitalized, the same as the day before. Of those 407 patients, 103 were listed in intensive care units, according to state health department data.

More than 14,000 Marylanders have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, since the state began tracking the numbers in March.

Public health officials and medical experts worry that the upcoming influenza season, coupled with the coronavirus, could overwhelm the state’s hospital system. Officials are encouraging as many people as possible to get vaccinated for the flu.

COVID-19 continues to impact Hispanic and Latino residents disproportionately. Despite constituting less than 10% of Maryland’s population, Hispanic and Latino individuals account for more than 25,000 COVID-19 cases, or 24% of the total.

Black Marylanders also make up an uneven share of the state’s infections. As of Monday, 33,500 cases of the illness caused by the virus were recorded among Black people, making up 32% of the state’s total. Black residents constitute about 30% of the state’s population, according to U.S. Census Data.

Prince George’s and Montgomery County continue to lead all other Maryland jurisdictions in local cases, deaths and tests administered, though the state reported Monday that both had testing positivity rates below 5%. The only county to exceed the recommended 5% was Somerset County, which has had 176 total cases throughout the pandemic and three related fatalities.

People in their 30s account for the largest share of infections compared to all other age groups, with over 19,000 total cases, with people in their 20s following close behind with more than 18,700 cases. Still, older adults, especially people over 80s, continue to make up the vast majority of the death toll, with more than 1,600 fatalities confirmed among them.

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