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.
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.
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.