ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — More than four million Marylanders have received at least their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine Sunday, as cases and hospitalizations continue to decline, state health department officials said.

Hospitalizations dropped by 18 and the positivity rate is down nearly a full percentage point at 4.76 percent.

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Now that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the Federal Drug Administration have lifted the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Maryland state health officials want to reassure everyone the risks of blood clots are rare and people should feel confident in getting it.

Morning Start Baptist Church in Woodlawn was among those to offer clinics Sunday.

“We want to model for our community, model for our church family the necessity for doing this,” said Bishop Dwayne Debnam, the church’s pastor.

Diane Carter said she was among those unsure about getting the vaccine, but her concerns were lifted after she consulted her church community.

“Once they offered it, then it was no second-guessing it after that,” she said.

Maryland added 906 new coronavirus cases and 13 more Marylanders died Sunday.

Over 4.3 million vaccination doses have been administered across the state and more then 1.8 million Marylanders are fully vaccinated as of April 25.

Hospitalizations dropped by 18 to 1,145. Of those, 278 people are in ICU beds and 867 are in acute care.

The state’s positivity rate went down to 4.76%. The state conducted 31,760 coronavirus tests in the last day.

Since the pandemic began in the state there have been 443,257 confirmed COVID-19 cases. At this time, 8,475 Marylanders have died.

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As of Sunday morning, there are 1,835,942 Marylanders fully vaccinated for the virus. The state has administered 4,345,314 doses so far. Of those, 2,509,372 are first doses, with 31,955 administered in the last day. They have administered 1,655,358 second doses, with 34,105 in the last day.

The FDA approved the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to resume and 77 shots were administered in the past 24 hours.  This brings the total of single doses administered in the state to 180,584.

As daily cases continue to decline, so does those needing space in intensive care units. Still, doctors with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine remain concerned about more young people being hospitalized.

“The people we’re seeing come into the hospital are people, many of whom haven’t had an opportunity to get vaccinated, or whatever reason did not,” said Dr. Brian Garibaldi, professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Maryland began administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again after the pause was lifted. It now comes with a warning about rare and severe blood clots.

“I think it’s certainly critical that these clots be investigated as carefully and fully as possible,” said Dr. Bill Moss of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. “I hope that we’ll be able to restore confidence in the United States with very transparent and clear messaging, but I am concerned about the global impact.”

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Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

By County

County Cases Deaths
Allegany 6,780 (205) 1*
Anne Arundel 42,103 (574) 14*
Baltimore City 50,311 (990) 23*
Baltimore County 62,566 (1,420) 35*
Calvert 4,121 (76) 1*
Caroline 2,248 (24) 0*
Carroll 8,998 (228) 5*
Cecil 5,954 (126) 2*
Charles 10,423 (184) 2*
Dorchester 2,663 (49) 1*
Frederick 19,304 (310) 9*
Garrett 1,966 (62) 1*
Harford 15,913 (265) 4*
Howard 18,683 (226) 6*
Kent 1,301 (43) 2*
Montgomery 69,420 (1,469) 46*
Prince George’s 82,316 (1,406) 29*
Queen Anne’s 2,893 (42) 1*
St. Mary’s 5,758 (123) 0*
Somerset 2,526 (37) 0*
Talbot 2,052 (36) 0*
Washington 14,029 (269) 3*
Wicomico 7,392 (152) 0*
Worcester 3,537 (96) 1*
Data not available 0 (63) 0*

By Age Range and Gender

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Age/Gender Cases Deaths
0-9 24,147 (3) 0*
10-19 44,948 (6) 1*
20-29 81,367 (39) 1*
30-39 75,879 (85) 6*
40-49 66,336 (241) 5*
50-59 66,307 (692) 25*
60-69 44,296 (1,394) 18*
70-79 24,398 (2,165) 38*
80+ 15,579 (3,848) 92*
Data not available 0 (2) 0*
Female 231,688 (4,080) 91*
Male 211,569 (4,395) 95*
Unknown 0 () 0*
By Race and Ethnicity
Race/Ethnicity Cases Deaths
African-American (NH) 134,978 (2,957) 67*
Asian (NH) 10,677 (296) 7*
White (NH) 156,245 (4,311) 97*
Hispanic 67,651 (767) 15*
Other (NH) 20,715 (83) 0*
Data not available 52,991 (61) 0*

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.

Rachel Menitoff