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Maryland reports 723 coronavirus deaths, 879 new cases

Maryland health department officials reported 723 total deaths Friday and 879 new cases of the coronavirus, a slight decrease in the the number of cases added the day before.

The state added 43 confirmed deaths over the last 24 hours. Another 75 deaths were listed as probably caused by COVID-19 but not confirmed by a laboratory test.

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Maryland has yet to see more than two consecutive days in which the number of new cases was lower than the day before. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has said he will start to make decisions about reopening the state’s economy after new cases decrease 14 days in a row.

About 141 more people have been hospitalized for complications related to COVID-19 since Thursday, the state reported, bringing the number of beds occupied to about 1,400 and total hospitalizations over time to 3,618. At about this time last month, only 108 hospital beds were occupied due to the coronavirus, an increase of over 1000%.

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The state also reported more total cases in the 20-29 age group than those over 80, though the latter group outpaces the former in confirmed fatalities.

Black Marylanders, meanwhile, continue to outnumber other reported racial and ethnic groups in total cases, with over 6,000 of the state’s 16,616 cases, which equates to about 36%. Black and white Maryland residents have about the same number of total related deaths — with 289 and 275, respectively — though black Marylanders make up a smaller portion of the state’s overall population.

Prince George’s County continues to lead all other jurisdictions in total case count. ZIP code 20783, in Prince Goerge’s, surpassing Baltimore City’s 21215.

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