ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Maryland continues to fall while deaths continue to rise, according to data released by the State Department of Health on Saturday.

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Hospitalizations have dropped for the second day in a row, bringing the total down to 1,635. Of those currently in the hospital, 1,250 are in acute care and 385 are in intensive care.

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The State Department of Health reported 2,201 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 248,754.

Fifty-four new deaths were reported, bringing the total to 5,242.

Since the pandemic began, the state has conducted 5,241,559 COVID-19 tests. Of those, 2,396,720 have returned negative.

On Friday, the FDA approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, just one week after approving Pfizer’s.

Dr. Bill Moss, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine are very similar.

“They both share very high protective efficacy, about 95 percent, which is just truly amazing and I don’t think anything near what most of us expected in terms of protective efficacy,” he said.

Dr. Cifford Mitchell, with the State Department of Health, said roughly 70 percent of the entire U.S. population would have to be vaccinated in order to achieve wide-spread immunity.

“These first few months of the vaccine will really be to protect individuals who are increased risk of serious disease or exposure,” Dr. Mitchell said. “We’re not going to really make a dent in COVID until we vaccinate a much larger number of people in the entire population.”

Here’s a breakdown of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Maryland (probable deaths listed with an asterisk):

By County

County Cases Deaths
Allegany 5,006 (135)
Anne Arundel 21,455 (315) 13*
Baltimore City 29,156 (636) 21*
Baltimore County 35,531 (832) 29*
Calvert 1,975 (43) 1*
Caroline 1,205 (10)
Carroll 4,540 (151) 4*
Cecil 3,091 (63) 2*
Charles 5,445 (116) 1*
Dorchester 1,224 (17)
Frederick 9,516 (162) 8*
Garrett 1,291 (31)
Harford 7,651 (127) 4*
Howard 10,116 (164) 6*
Kent 621 (24) 2*
Montgomery 41,486 (1,014) 45*
Prince George’s 49,982 (998) 27*
Queen Anne’s 1,438 (26) 1*
St. Mary’s 2,883 (80)
Somerset 1,575 (15)
Talbot 1,009 (7)
Washington 6,582 (113) 3*
Wicomico 4,134 (71) 1*
Worcester 1,842 (41) 1*
Data not available (51) 1*

By Age Range and Gender

Age/Gender Cases Deaths
0-9 11,037 (1)
10-19 22,406 (4)
20-29 46,480 (27) 1*
30-39 44,052 (59) 6*
40-49 38,744 (159) 4*
50-59 37,068 (407) 22*
60-69 24,680 (821) 17*
70-79 14,268 (1,313) 30*
80+ 10,019 (2,449) 90*
Data not available (2)
Female 130,794 (2,553) 82*
Male 117,960 (2,689) 88*

By Race and Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Cases Deaths
African-American (NH) 73,091 (1,963) 60*
Asian (NH) 5,051 (179) 7*
White (NH) 78,672 (2,456) 85*
Hispanic 44,520 (529) 15*
Other (NH) 11,387 (56)
Data not available 36,033 (59) 3*

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Rachel Menitoff