BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 1,082 new COVID-19 cases and six new deaths, according to state health department data released Friday morning.

The percentage of people testing positive increased by .03% to 3.43%.

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Hospitalizations increased by four to 554. Of those hospitalized, 418 adults are in acute care and 133 adults are in intensive care. Two 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 575,996 total confirmed cases and 10,869 deaths.

There are 4,052,851 Marylanders fully vaccinated. The state has administered 9,028,641 doses. Of those, 4,209,880 are first doses with 9,727 administered in the past 24 hours. They have given out 3,735,459 second doses, 3,255 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.”

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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.

A total of 317,392 Marylanders have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 548 in the last day.

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 802,987 additional or booster vaccine doses, 23,547 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:

CBS Baltimore Staff