BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland recorded 580 positive coronavirus tests on Thursday — another record — as unemployment claims hit record highs in the state as well.
It’s an increase of 157 cases and the third straight day of a record increase of cases in the state.
Gov. Hogan said as of Thursday morning there are more than 1,200 confirmed cases around Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
There were 423 cases as of Wednesday, March 25, and four people have died from the virus.
According to state numbers, 132 people have been hospitalized after being diagnosed and 23 have been released from isolation so far.
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“We are only at the beginning of this crisis, in our state, in the National Capital Region, and in America. As I have repeatedly stressed, we should continue to expect the number of cases to dramatically and rapidly rise.” he tweeted Thursday morning.
He mentioned the unprecedented unemployment numbers in the state, assuring people they are doing everything they can to help people and small businesses get back on their feet.
Over 42,000 unemployment insurance claims were filed over the last week in the state.
This battle is going to be much harder, take much longer, and be much worse than almost anyone comprehends. We have never faced anything like this ever before, and I continue to urge the people of our state to stay in place at home and stay safe.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) March 26, 2020
“This battle is going to be much harder, take much longer, and be much worse than almost anyone comprehends,” he added.
Here’s a breakdown of the cases across the state by county:
- Anne Arundel – 41
- Baltimore City – 72
- Baltimore County – 81
- Calvert – 7
- Caroline – 1
- Carroll – 7
- Cecil – 4
- Charles – 10
- Frederick – 14
- Garrett – 3
- Harford – 9
- Howard – 49
- Kent – 1
- Montgomery – 164
- Prince George’s – 101
- Queen Anne’s – 1
- St. Mary’s – 4
- Somerset – 1
- Talbot – 1
- Washington – 2
- Wicomico – 5
- Worcester – 2
According to state numbers, 282 women and 298 men tested positive for the virus.
There are now six children who have tested positive, with most of the cases being people between 18 and 64 years old- a total of 461. There are 113 people over the age of 65 who tested positive.