ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland reported 412 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the state’s total to more than 120,000, data from the Maryland Department of Health shows.
As of Sunday, Maryland has seen 120,156 COVID-19 cases. Three more deaths were reported, bringing the state’s total to 3,735.
Hospitalizations fell by 43 to 281, of which 213 were acute care cases and 68 were intensive care cases. The ICU case total is at the lowest it’s been since March 26 and the overall hospitalization total is at its lowest since March 30, state data shows.
The positivity rate fell to 2.85%, according to state data. In total, 2,390,269 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, of which 1,409,320 have come back negative.
Gov. Hogan announced new milestones for the state’s fight against COVID-19. The seven-day positivity rate dropped below three percent for the first time since the pandemic began.
It’s also the fifth straight day in a row where the seven day positivity rate has dropped. Hospitalizations have also dropped below 300 and ICU beds are below 70- both for the first time since March.
“We’re encouraged by these numbers,” Gov. Hogan said Friday. “We’ve been very successful and we continue to see good declining numbers.”
While COVID numbers continue to decline, businesses are struggling to hold on.
“Restaurants need your help!” said restaurateur Randy Marriner.
On Friday, the state began it’s first ever, state-wide Restaurant Week, hoping to give a much-needed boost to the industry.
“Try to go out and support those restaurants whether it’s delivery or carry out or sitting outside or dining in they really need our help right now,” Gov. Hogan said Friday.
While others like Rev Cycle Studio in Locust Point said they’ll close after six years, one of many businesses closing due to COVID.
“Some of the smallest of our businesses and minority businesses have greatly been impacted,” the governor said.
But he assured Maryland is at the forefront of a vaccine.
“We have 40 different companies and universities in the state of Maryland that are working and making real progress on the potential for a vaccine,” he said.
Hoping it’s the key to getting back to normal.
“Hopefully we get to the point we have a vaccine where we can keep everybody safe and get back to some sense of normalcy,” he added.
Starting Monday at 5 p.m., restaurants in Maryland will be able to open at 75 percent capacity- but Baltimore City will stay at 50 percent.
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