BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 691 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths, according to state health department data released Saturday morning.

The percentage of people testing positive increased by 0.27% to 4.36%.

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Hospitalizations increased by 26 to 620. Of those hospitalized, 448 adults are in acute care and 166 adults are in intensive care. Four children are in acute care and two 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 580,496 total confirmed cases and 10,915 deaths.

There are 4,074,050 Marylanders fully vaccinated. The state has administered 9,295,437 doses. Of those, 4,271,994 are first doses with 3,573 administered in the past 24 hours. They have given out 3,754,554 second doses, 2,450 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 announced Monday that 99.9% of Maryland seniors have now received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this month he said more than 50,000 children ages 5-11 years old have received a vaccination shot.

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.

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The state has administered 906,597 additional or booster vaccine doses, 27,090 in the last day.

The state reported 88.5% of all adults in Maryland have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

 

By County

County Cases Deaths
Allegany 10,454 (265) 2*
Anne Arundel 55,228 (776) 15*
Baltimore 79,848 (1,851) 42*
Baltimore City 64,001 (1,347) 28*
Calvert 5,961 (100) 1*
Caroline 3,458 (52) 0*
Carroll 12,705 (289) 7*
Cecil 9,421 (188) 2*
Charles 14,917 (266) 2*
Dorchester 4,401 (86) 1*
Frederick 25,683 (382) 10*
Garrett 3,758 (85) 1*
Harford 22,038 (357) 8*
Howard 23,521 (278) 7*
Kent 1,880 (53) 3*
Montgomery 84,976 (1,679) 52*
Prince George’s 101,849 (1,712) 43*
Queen Anne’s 4,174 (74) 1*
St. Mary’s 10,376 (173) 1*
Somerset 3,443 (54) 0*
Talbot 3,085 (58) 0*
Washington 21,286 (417) 6*
Wicomico 11,620 (234) 0*
Worcester 5,216 (124) 1*
Data not available 0 (45) 0*

 

By Age Range and Gender

Age/Gender Cases Deaths
0-9 42,499 (4) 0*
10-19 65,516 (8) 1*
20-29 103,334 (56) 1*
30-39 99,801 (148) 7*
40-49 84,371 (387) 5*
50-59 82,853 (1,019) 35*
60-69 55,860 (1,892) 29*
70-79 30,673 (2,756) 47*
80+ 18,392 (4,673) 108*
Data not available 0 (2) 0*
Female 305,435 (5,250) 113*
Male 277,864 (5,695) 120*
Unknown Gender 0 (0) 0*
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By Race and Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Cases Deaths
African-American (NH) 181,389 (3,874) 86*
Asian (NH) 14,300 (352) 11*
White (NH) 227,396 (5,665) 116*
Hispanic 80,825 (894) 19*
Other (NH) 26,744 (121) 1*
Data not available 52,645 (39) 0*

CBS Baltimore Staff