ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — There are 5,529 cases of coronavirus in Maryland, according to numbers released Wednesday morning, and 124 people have died.
That’s an increase of 1,158 cases since Tuesday. There were 21 deaths overnight.
Gov. Larry Hogan said at least 30% of the increase was due to a backlog of tests from March.
There was a huge jump of 1158 cases in Maryland in one day. The governor says that’s because private labs are clearing a backlog and +30% of these are from March. @wjz #coronavirus #Maryland pic.twitter.com/OwsBRgWAep
— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) April 8, 2020
“An increase in new infections is just one of the reasons for today’s significant jump in new cases. This is also due to our ongoing efforts to ramp up testing in Maryland, with more private labs coming onboard and the expansion of commercial lab capacity,” Hogan tweeted. “I want to once again remind all Marylanders to continue to stay home and stay informed. We are all in this together, and we will get through this together.”
“We are seeing commercial labs begin to clear their backlog of tests. More than 30% of the new cases reported today are for testing that was completed in March,” Hogan added.
Today’s numbers reflect a tripling of the tests reported since yesterday. We are seeing commercial labs begin to clear their backlog of tests. More than 30% of the new cases reported today are for testing that was completed in March.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 8, 2020
Among the 124 people who have died in the state is 27-year-old Leilani Jordan, who worked as a greeter at a Giant on Campus Way South in Largo.
She was hospitalized on March 26 and died on April 1. Her brother advises all Marylanders to realize how serious this pandemic has become.
“It happened so fast,” Cedrick Jordan said. “Do not take this lightly. This is not a joke. It’s severe.”
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball urged people to socially distance as he announced another death, a resident in her 80s.
He also announced an immediate hiring freeze in the county, saying that action was necessary because of the economic hit of closures across the nation.
In continued response to the impacts of COVID-19, @HCEDA collaborated with industry partners, business leaders & statewide organizations to build an online tool for businesses to identify state and federal relief resources they may be eligible for. https://t.co/M8QHXQp7PN pic.twitter.com/wGCajxbS3O
— Calvin Ball (@HoCoGovExec) April 8, 2020
In Baltimore City, Mayor Jack Young asked people not to personally attend religious services during this Holy Week—and instead to do so online.
“It will be hard to celebrate these holidays without family and friends, but staying home will help save the lives of our loved ones,“ Mayor Young said.
I am happy to announce that through a partnership with @ShareBabyMD, 500,000 diapers will be distributed to nearly 10,000 vulnerable children across Baltimore. Ensuring the safety & wellbeing of the City’s youngest residents & their families is critical at this time.
— Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young (@mayorbcyoung) April 8, 2020
Maryland lawmakers got a briefing from several members of Gov. Hogan’s cabinet Wednesday. You can listen to that full briefing here.
Secretary of Health Robert Neall told them the state has 1,178 ventilators with more than twice that on order. He said there is a shortage of drugs used to intubate those on ventilators but Maryland is ordering more and looking for substitutes.
“We’re hoping to have enough ventilators in everyone’s hands when the time comes so that we won’t be getting panicked calls about the shortage of ventilators,“ Secretary Neall said.
Dr. Karen Salmon, Maryland’s Superintendent of Schools, says she is preparing in case distance learning continues into into the fall, but no decision has been made yet about whether to re-open schools, which remain closed through April 24th.
“We are not sure that this is going to be something that we’re not going to revisit in the fall or in the winter so I am really focusing much of our resources on the expansion in the accountability wrapped around online learning,” Dr. Salmon said.
Maryland’s Superintendent of Schools told lawmakers this morning a decision will be made “well before” April 24th on the status of school closures. She also said she is focused on “expansion and accountability wrapped around online learning.” @wjz pic.twitter.com/oSosmkY4F6
— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) April 8, 2020
“The question we get asked the most is ‘When is this going to end?’ …We didn’t want to just throw up our hands at this point because we wanted to see what was going to happen with our interventions with social distancing…. We’re going to have to make a decision certainly well before the 24th so so that folks know what’s coming ahead.”
The good news: nearly 33,000 people tested negative for coronavirus and of the 1,210 hospitalized, 365 were released from isolation.
As for the genders of the patients, 2,955 are women and 2,574 are men.
We have added 1,158 cases since yesterday.
Negative tests: 32,933
Number of deaths: 124
Released from isolation: 365https://t.co/1RfN0kNmTz
— Kata D. Hall (@katadhall) April 8, 2020
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Here’s a breakdown of cases (and deaths) by county:
Allegany – 6
Anne Arundel – 466 (11)
Baltimore City – 571 (10)
Baltimore County – 866 (13)
Calvert – 56 (2)
Caroline – 11
Carroll – 186 (18)
Cecil – 49 (1)
Charles – 164 (2)
Dorchester – 4
Frederick – 199 (4)
Garrett – 5
Harford – 86
Howard – 274 (3)
Kent – 9
Montgomery – 1,088 (26)
Prince George’s – 1,310 (32)
Queen Anne’s – 16
St. Mary’s – 62
Somerset – 4
Talbot – 10 (1)
Washington – 57
Wicomico – 20 (1)
Worcester – 10
Here’s a breakdown of cases by age across the state: