BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 1,006 new COVID-19 cases and ten new deaths, according to state health department data released Sunday morning.
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Hospitalizations increased by fifteen to 571. Of those hospitalized, 441 adults are in acute care and 130 adults are in intensive care. four children are in acute care and two are 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 578,019 total confirmed cases and 10,888 deaths.
There are 4,059,346 Marylanders fully vaccinated. The state has administered 9,138,049 doses. Of those, 4,230,733 are first doses with11,054 administered in the past 24 hours. They have given out 3,741,082 second doses, 2,355 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 earlier this month that 99% of Maryland seniors are now vaccinated and more than 50,000 children ages 5-11 years old have received a vaccination shot.
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 318,264 Marylanders have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 480 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.READ MORE: Police Identify Baltimore Officer Who Killed Barbershop Shooting Suspect
The state has administered 847,970 additional or booster vaccine doses, 18,803 in the last day.
The state reported 88.1% 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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