By CBS Baltimore Staff

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City is averaging about 109 new COVID-19 cases a day, health commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said Friday. It’s an increase of 33% from two weeks ago.

The city has seen a seven-day average of 134 hospitalizations in the last two weeks, with acute care units operating at 92% capacity and Intensive Care units at 89% capacity, Dzirasa said.

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Mayor Brandon Scott emphasized the importance of vaccines in stopping the spread of COVID-19

“The severity of this pandemic has not diminished and it is still more important than ever to continue to wear your mask and get vaccinated to protect yourselves, and those around you,” Scott said.

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The city is gearing up to implement its new vaccination policy for city employees, in which unvaccinated employees will face mandatory weekly testing starting October 18.

66.1% of all eligible residents aged 12 and up have received their first or single dose of the vaccine while 59.1% of all eligible residents 12 and up are fully vaccinated.

 

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CBS Baltimore Staff