ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland reported 1,923 new coronavirus cases Monday as hospitalizations reached the highest level since May and the state saw its first COVID-19 death of a child under 10.
The child died November 29 but was reported on Monday, officials said. No further information has been released.
“The date of death was November 29, 2020. Data are preliminary and residential information of the decedent has not been recorded on the death certificate yet. Single year of age and sex of the decedent will not be released at this time to protect confidentiality,” a health department spokesman said in a statement.
Three people have died in the ten to 19-year-old age range. That includes 15-year-old Dar’yana Dyson from Baltimore County back in May.
The state has recorded 198,370 total coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. Sixteen more Marylanders died in the last 24 hours from the virus, a total of 4,486.
Hospitalizations pushed up again by 66, now at 1,527, the most since May 14. Of those, 344 are in ICU beds and 1,183 are in acute care.
The state’s calculation of the positivity rate is up again, now at 6.86%.
Maryland administered 27,350 coronavirus tests over the last 24 hours.
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The state is bracing for a surge in coronavirus cases following Thanksgiving travel and gatherings. The director of the state’s coronavirus testing task force told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren they’re expanding many testing sites to accommodate the demand, which he believes will be higher like it was before the holiday.
“We have been planning for weeks for this increase in testing around the holidays. In some cases, we’ve added staff to increase capacity,” Jon Weinstein said.
He expects to see any spike reflected in numbers starting this Wednesday through next week.
“My top concern is that people might get a little frustrated with having to wait a bit. Because of the large number of people getting tested, that has an impact on wait times to get a test,” he said.
The state is hoping to keep wait times for test results to two to three days. If you have traveled or believe you were exposed to COVID-19, you are urged to quarantine until you get a negative test result.
Here’s a breakdown of cases and deaths by county (probable deaths are listed with an asterisk):
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Here’s a breakdown of cases and deaths by age and gender (probable deaths are listed with an asterisk):
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Here’s a breakdown of cases and deaths by race and ethnicity (probable deaths are listed with an asterisk):
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