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More than five million COVID-19 tests have now been completed in the state of Maryland as the first batch of vaccines was shipped out Sunday morning.

After leaving a Pfizer plant in Michigan, vaccine vials are expected to arrive in all 50 states tomorrow, according to CNN.

On Sunday, 2,638 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Maryland, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 234,647. Prince George’s and Montgomery counties continue to report the highest number of cases.

Across the state, 17 deaths were confirmed Sunday, bringing the death toll in the state to 4,954.

The state positivity rate is 7.41 percent, down .01 from Saturday and described as “stable” in a tweet from Gov. Larry Hogan Sunday morning.

Frederick County reported 137 confirmed cases of COVID-19 between Saturday and Sunday this week, as the positivity rate remains at 8 percent.

The total case count for the county is now 8,687. One new death was also reported, bringing the death toll to 152 in the county.

Hospitalizations across the state have decreased by 40 but 1,679 people remain hospitalized and 424 of those are in intensive care.

In Frederick County, hospitalizations at Frederick Health Hospital have decreased since Dec. 11 with 54 patients reported on Dec. 12, 10 of those in intensive care.

A week ago, on Dec. 6, Frederick Health had 46 COVID-19 hospitalizations and five of those were in intensive care.

On Dec. 10, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced new restrictions on indoor gatherings and indoor recreation capacity. Indoor gatherings are limited to 15 people and indoor capacity for recreation facilities is 25 percent, only if 50 percent capacity would allow more than 50 people inside.

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(9) comments

DickD

Pfizer expects to have 100 million doses of vaccinate by the end of the 1st quarter. There are 20 million health care workers and almost 50 million people over 65, in the U.S. So almost all of the people willing to take the vaccine, in both categories, should be able to get it.

Business Owner

Let's pray that the vaccine works.

NewMarketParent

@Business Owner

Our biggest challenge is people who have been propagandized against science.

MD1756

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for stupidity. Some people have to learn the hard way. The sad thing is, others may have to suffer when people make stupid decisions (that can be said for more than just the pandemic).

bosco

Like I often say, MD1756, you can't fix stupid. The anti- vaxers will more for the rest of us. For those who don't want the vaccine because it was developed on Trump's watch, I guess they'll just have to take their chances and hope there is a bed and a ventilator for them.

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phydeaux994

I’ll get it ASAP because it was developed on Anthony Fauci’s watch.😷🦠🔬🧪💉💪🙂

Greg F

Let's have confidence in science on the vaccine...praying doesn't do squat.

bosco

But a good positive attitude and expecting the best can work wonders. You should try it instead of being so negative about everything. All that negativity can affect your health and well-being.

[ninja]

vodalone

100 million doses = 50 million people since you need two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna will be next to be approved in coming weeks with also a two dose vaccine, so both vaccines will be needed to vaccinate those 70 million people. That along with natural infection immunity would cut down hospitalizations and deaths by a huge margin where the virus isn't an issue anymore.

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