ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — More than 900 more COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours in Maryland. It’s another day of large jumps in cases.
There are now 78,131 positive coronavirus cases reported in the state during the span of the pandemic. That’s up 925 cases in a day and 3,247 people have died from the virus.
The state’s positivity rate is at 4.46%. Nearly 30,000 tests were completed in the last 24 hours.
The statewide positivity rate is now 4.46%.
Number of persons tested negative: 661,654
Number of confirmed deaths: 3,247 pic.twitter.com/rGJby3df6S
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Hospitalizations remain flat at 449 with 131 patients in the ICU.
The state has conducted 943,853 coronavirus tests with 661,654 being negative.
Of the 11,841 ever hospitalized, 5,344 were released from isolation.
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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland are nearing 80,000 in total.
“I do think we should expect to see increases going forward,” said Dr. Melissa Marks with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
She said the Baltimore City Health Department is doing a “Herculean job” when it comes to slowing the spread, but that’s just one piece of the giant puzzle.
“We are going to experience increases as the country experiences increases in cases, but we can make local decisions carefully and thoughtfully using data that we see,” she said.
Dr. Marks said she thinks people need to increase mask-wearing and decrease social interaction. As surrounding states roll back their reopening, she thinks we might need to consider following suit.
“In my mind, yes, it is time to consider what we can do to provide an environment for cases to go down and not up,” Dr. Marks said.
As confirmed cases go up some restaurants in the Baltimore area are closing their doors, again.
Nacho Mama’s in Towson had to close its doors again after an employee contracted the virus, and the Gertrude Restaurant inside the Baltimore Museum of Art is also turning customers away because of a COVID-19 case among its staff.
Gov. Larry Hogan said people need to wear their masks.
“If everyone were wearing masks when they were in contact, the virus cannot spread and it would be the most effective thing,” the governor said.
He commended Marylanders for doing their part to follow guidelines so the local economy can begin to recover.
“Ninety-eight percent of our businesses are able to open and operate safely and its because people are listening to the advice,” Gov. Hogan said.
He said he will continue to follow the suggestions laid out by the CDC and his advisors when it comes to what steps the state will take if cases continue to go up.
Here’s a breakdown by county:
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By Age Range and Gender
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By Race and Ethnicity
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