ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Maryland recorded 1,999 new COVID-19 cases and 23 additional deaths Sunday morning, according to data from the State Department of Health.

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Hospitalizations went up slightly overnight by 15 cases, with ICU cases also rising. There are now 1,461 Marylanders hospitalized, with 359 in ICU beds and 1,102 in acute care.

Throughout the pandemic, there have been a total of 196,447 coronavirus cases and 4,470 deaths reported in the state.

The state’s calculation of the positivity rate is slightly up by 0.15 percent, now at 6.53 percent.

The state also administered 39,249 more coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours, bringing that total to 4,402,399.

The focus now is on those who traveled this holiday weekend and are starting to return from their trips.

On CBS This Morning, Dr. Deborah Birx said that if you traveled you have to assume that you were exposed and became infected and you really need to get tested this week.

She said it’s also important to quarantine until you get those test results so as not to potentially pass the virus on to anyone else.

As people return home from the Thanksgiving holiday, experts fear that holiday gatherings will contribute to a spike in new coronavirus cases.

“I think many people who traveled did get together with loved ones indoors who are not part of their immediate family in which case because there is such high level of coronavirus all over the country, essentially the entire American Is a hotspot, you don’t want to be seeding coronavirus infection in the community that you’re traveling to,” Dr. Leana Wen said.

Former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen said if you are one of the many people who flew home or drove to see loved ones, she recommends quarantining for at least seven days and taking a test.

“I don’t want to come down with Covid while traveling and bring that down range with me in effective mission, so just holding up here and trying to be careful,” said Major Luke Fekete, who flew home.

“Yeah, I suspect we’ll do the whole two weeks business from home just to cover our bases,” said driver Brian Kirk.

The CDC is forecasting that between 29,000 and 56,000 more people could die from infection over the next three weeks.

“We saw what happened post-Memorial Day. Now we are deeply concerned about what will happen post-Thanksgiving,” Dr. Birx said on CBS This Morning.

Jomar and Zifa McFarlane drove to North Caroline for a brief, socially distant Thanksgiving meal.

“We tried to do it less than 24 hours, not spending too much time there, but still enough time to say hello to everybody,” Zifa McFarlane said.

They said they quarantined for two weeks before their trip.

“And after we kind of did the same thing, kind of cleaned down the place when we came back, took all the close that we took and washed them immediately, you know,” Jomar McFarlane said.

Dr. Wen did say that hope is on the horizon with three vaccine candidates awaiting FDA approval. She said we won’t have to isolate forever, but for right now, it’s up to each one of us to make the right decision in preventing further spread of the virus.

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES: 

By County

County Cases Deaths
Allegany 3,093 (71)
Anne Arundel 16,585 (286) 12*
Baltimore City 24,309 (545) 20*
Baltimore County 29,008 (707) 25*
Calvert 1,583 (36) 1*
Caroline 952 (10)
Carroll 3,291 (133) 3*
Cecil 2,078 (40) 2*
Charles 4,317 (103) 2*
Dorchester 1,004 (15)
Frederick 6,773 (142) 8*
Garrett 728 (5)
Harford 6,026 (94) 4*
Howard 8,066 (139) 6*
Kent 438 (23) 2*
Montgomery 33,103 (909) 42*
Prince George’s 41,067 (902) 25*
Queen Anne’s 1,083 (26) 1*
St. Mary’s 2,118 (61)
Somerset 910 (9)
Talbot 811 (7)
Washington 4,240 (70)
Wicomico 3,402 (59)
Worcester 1,462 (35) 1*
Data not available (43) 1*

By Age Range and Gender

Age/Gender Cases Deaths
0-9 8,172
10-19 17,490 (3)
20-29 37,401 (26) 1*
30-39 35,102 (53) 6*
40-49 30,884 (139) 3*
50-59 28,962 (361) 18*
60-69 19,165 (715) 14*
70-79 11,085 (1,123) 28*
80+ 8,186 (2,048) 85*
Data not available (2)
Female 103,445 (2,180) 78*
Male 93,002 (2,290) 77*

By Race and Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Cases Deaths
African-American (NH) 59,209 (1,744) 57*
Asian (NH) 3,876 (160) 6*
White (NH) 58,842 (1,983) 78*
Hispanic 37,550 (484) 13*
Other (NH) 8,957 (50)
Data not available 28,013 (49) 1*

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Rachel Menitoff