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Maryland has 6,968 confirmed coronavirus cases, deaths jump 24% to 171

Coronavirus fatalities in Maryland increased 24% in one day as state officials announced 171 deaths and 6,968 confirmed cases Friday.

Since Monday, coronavirus-related fatalities have nearly doubled: Five days ago, 91 people had died from the coronavirus.

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The state added 783 cases between Thursday and Friday.

The state also released Friday a racial breakdown of the new cases, a process that began Thursday after officials faced weeks of mounting pressure. Black Marylanders now make up 2,304 of the state’s known cases and 61 of the related fatalities.

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White Marylanders, meanwhile, comprised 1,694 of the known cases and 45 of the deaths despite making up a larger share of the state’s population, according to U.S. Census data.

According to the state’s tally, 1,483 Marylanders have been hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 65 people within the last day. Medical experts in the state said while hospitals have not yet reached capacity, they will prepare for a dramatic surge in patients in the region, which some have referred to as an “emerging hotspot” for the coronavirus.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will speak Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Annapolis. Earlier this week, he said laboratories working through backlogs of testing kits, some left over from March, attributed to the jump in confirmed cases. The state has seen a 72% increase in confirmed cases since Monday.

This article will be updated.

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