BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 1,079 new COVID-19 cases and nine new deaths, according to state health department data released Thursday morning.
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Hospitalizations increased by 25 to 550. Of those hospitalized, 415 adults are in acute care and 131 adults are in intensive care. Three children are in acute care and one is in intensive care.
Doctors say the new cases are fueled by dangerous strains targeting the unvaccinated. In an August press conference, Gov. Larry Hogan said the Delta variant, a strain that is reportedly two to four times more contagious than the original virus strain, accounts for nearly every new confirmed case in Maryland.
“The vaccines are without a doubt our single most effective tool to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 and the surging Delta variant, and Maryland’s vaccination rate continues to outpace the nation,” Hogan said.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 574,914 total confirmed cases and 10,863 deaths.
There are 4,049,048 Marylanders fully vaccinated. The state has administered 9,028,641 doses. Of those, 4,200,153 are first doses with 9,457 administered in the past 24 hours. They have given out 3,732,204 second doses, 3,257 in the last day.
“Thanks to the millions of people who have rolled up their sleeves, Maryland continues to be one of the most vaccinated states in America,” said Governor Hogan of the eight million milestone mark. “We have achieved these numbers with strong public health outreach, innovative lottery and scholarship promotions, and a relentless focus on equity.”
Governor Hogan also announced on Saturday that 99% of Maryland seniors are now vaccinated and more than 50,000 children ages 5-11 years old have received a vaccination shot.
“From our oldest to youngest eligible, we continue to lead one of the most successful vaccination campaigns in the country,” said Governor Hogan. “We have gotten to this point by listening to the experts and by following the science, and that is exactly what we will continue to do as we work to get those last remaining 1% of seniors, and the 12.7% of remaining adults in our state vaccinated, and as we now work to get more of our school age children vaccinated.”
The state began to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again in April after the CDC and FDA lifted their pause on the vaccine due to a rare blood clot found in some women.
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On September 24, after the CDC granted final approval for Pfizer’s booster, Gov. Hogan announced the immediate authorization of the booster shot for Marylanders who have received their second Pfizer shot at least six months ago. Hogan had already approved use for vulnerable populations in early September.
The state has administered 779,440 additional or booster vaccine doses, 21,016 in the last day.
The state reported 87.7% of all adults in Maryland have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In August, the state launched a post-vaccination infections dashboard that is updated every Wednesday. There have been 34,450 total cases among fully vaccinated Marylanders as of Nov. 14.
Less than 0.93% of fully vaccinated Marylanders have later tested positive.
Of those cases, 2,471 vaccinated Marylanders were hospitalized, representing 13.02% of all COVID cases hospitalized in the state. 357 fully vaccinated Marylanders have died, representing 14.17% of lab-confirmed COVID deaths in the state.
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Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:
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By Age Range and Gender
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By Race and Ethnicity
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