BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on and cases spike across the country, there are concerns among health officials about fatigue and complacency, which could lead to a further spread of the virus.

On Saturday, the Maryland Department of Health reported 796 new coronavirus cases and 13 additional deaths.

Hospitalizations and ICU beds were down, but the state’s positivity rate went up slightly to 3.04 percent.

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Nationwide, there were nearly 83,000 new cases on Friday, the highest daily case count since the pandemic began.

Health experts are concerned about fatigue as the pandemic continues. They say while many may be growing tired of taking steps to stop the spread, it’s more important than ever as many parts of the country start to see a drop in temperatures.

University of Maryland School of Medicine Professor Dr. Gregory Schrank says be prepared to wear masks for the next several months

“Without the ability to spend most of our day outdoors as the weather cools off, masking is really going to be crucial,” he said.

“Mask fatigue is absolutely real,” Dr. Schrank added. “That’s why I think it’s important, in addition to hand hygiene and maintaining social distance, that we find a mask that we like wearing and is comfortable.”

He stresses that everyone wears a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth so that respiratory droplets that could spread the virus are contained. Also, check to see if it’s effective

“You can even just hold your hand out in front of your mask, exhale forcefully, see if you can feel any of your breath on your hand,” Dr. Schrank said.

Experts also say, if you can blow a candle out through your mask, it’s not protecting you or anyone else.

They say we’ll need to continue wearing a mask correctly and try to practice social distancing as cases start to rise.

“Over the course of the winter, we will likely see a sustained increase in COVID-19 activity across the State of Maryland, and we may be in the early phases of that right now,” Dr. Schrank said.

Although cases are on the rise across the country, former Baltimore City health commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, said it doesn’t have to continue.

“That trajectory doesn’t have to happen,” she said. “It’s actually up to each of us with our individual actions.”

According to Johns Hopkins, Maryland has the 31st most cases per capita among the states.

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.

CBS Baltimore Staff

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  2. chrissfarmer says:

    …and yet Trump still makes fun of people who wear masks? How much more proof do you need that he’s INSANE, A LIAR & STUPID??

    He said it will just go away.

    He said warm weather would wipe it out.

    He said it would be gone by Easter.

    He thinks testing more causes more people to get it.

    His followers say it’s a hoax. (I guess those 8.4 million Americans just had the sniffles?)

    He said it’s no worse than the seasonal flu as we close in on a quarter of a million dead Americans and he needed to be air lifted to the hospital & stay there for several days for something that is not serious?

    He said (for months) we are “rounding the curve” when we just set a new record of 70,000 new cases in one day?

    He claims there will be a vaccine any day now when the experts working on it say it will be the latter part of next year at the earliest before it is widely available.

    He said kids don’t get it, but his son got it. KIDS GET COVID AND SOME DIE OF IT. KIDS CAN SPREAD IT.

    Our Governor had to go to Korea to buy test kits because he could not get them here.

    Enough is enough, vote him out for the health of America.

    1. King Julian says:

      you are the insane one GET HELP

  3. Bill says:

    Everything Chrissfarmer said is 100% things trump has said and it is either lies or totally wrong. The crazy people are the ones who believe ignorant lunatics like Trump. Get real, the guy thinks stealth planes are invisible and they had airports in the 1700’s?????? I guess you believe that too, huh??????? Sounds like insanity to me Jules

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