ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — There are 6,185 cases of coronavirus in Maryland, according to numbers released Thursday morning, and 138 people have died.

The state has added 656 cases since Wednesday, and for the first time is releasing racial data on cases in Maryland, with the majority of deaths being African Americans and double that of white Marylanders.

Coronavirus Latest: Nearly 7K COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Reported In Maryland

Of the total cases, African Americans have been hit hardest with a total of 2,064 cases and 55 deaths. African Americans make up almost 43 percent of coronavirus cases where the patient’s race is known in the state and 47 percent of the deaths where race is known. Roughly a third of Maryland’s overall population is African American, according to U.S. Census data.

By comparison, people whose race was listed as white had a total of around 1,500 cases and 39 deaths. Racial data was unavailable for around 1,400 cases.

Governor Larry Hogan tweeted, “Today, we are able to publish 75% of the currently available data, which shows troubling disparities and points to a persistent public health challenge that we must address.”

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said he welcomed the new public data, and Prince George’s County’s Executive Angela Alsobrooks addressed the racial disparity that has been seen across the country.

“Unfortunately, we were not surprised to hear that because it is not just a data point that black and brown and poor people suffer disproportionately from health crises. It is a reality,” Alsobrooks said.

35,344 people have tested negative, 1,348 people have ever been hospitalized and 376 people have been released from isolation.

Here’s a breakdown of cases (and deaths) by county:

  • Allegany 8
  • Anne Arundel 505, (12)
  • Baltimore City 638, (13)
  • Baltimore County 979, (16)
  • Calvert 66, (1)
  • Caroline 12
  • Carroll 203, (18)
  • Cecil 54, (1)
  • Charles 180, (3)
  • Dorchester 7
  • Frederick 233, (4)
  • Garrett 5
  • Harford 101
  • Howard 299, (4)
  • Kent 9
  • Montgomery 1,214 (29)
  • Prince George’s 1,476, (35)
  • Queen Anne’s 17
  • St. Mary’s 65
  • Somerset 4
  • Talbot 13 (1)
  • Washington 60
  • Wicomico 21, (1)
  • Worcester 16

Here’s a breakdown of cases by age across the state:

  • 0-9 33
  • 10-19 127
  • 20-29 701
  • 30-39 1,076 (4)
  • 40-49 1,145 (4)
  • 50-59 1,282 (16)
  • 60-69 913 (28)
  • 70-79 600 (43)
  • 80+ 308 (43)

And starting this week, the state is releasing cases (and deaths) breaking it down by race:

  • African-American 2,064 (55)
  • Asian 122 (6)
  • White 1,540 (39)
  • Other 449 (3)
  • Data not available 1,354 (21)

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Comments (3)
  1. Mike D. says:

    I don’t see why Maryland is encouraging race discrimination when it’s totally unnecessary and unhelpful. For example can you imagine people reading this info and thinking more black people are sick than white people, and treating them differently at businesses or in public? I sure can!!

  2. Goth says:

    That’s the Mosby’s encouraging race totals in Maryland. Just so uncalled for at a time of such grief.

  3. King Julian says:

    Is this information useful or is it just more divisive? I think the divisive.

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