This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

For the second straight day, Frederick County reported having zero intensive care unit beds in use by COVID-19 patients, and only five hospital beds are currently in use, according to data from the Frederick County Health Department. 

That marks a new low. Hospitalizations had not dropped below eight since March, when the pandemic began. 

The county did report one new death on Saturday, bringing Frederick County's total to 110. Meanwhile, 15 deaths were reported statewide in the last 24 hours. 

While the county and state both reported new positive cases — 17 and 335, respectively — the positivity rates continue to drop. The positivity rate, which indicates what percentage of people who were tested receive a positive result for COVID-19, sits at 4.6 percent for the county and 4.86 percent for the state.

Hospitalizations in Maryland have continued to decrease as they have for the last month, now sitting at 478. 

While the numbers are on a downward trend, both Gov. Larry Hogan and County Executive Jan Gardner have encouraged residents to keep social distancing and wearing masks in public. 

Follow Erika Riley on Twitter: @ej_riley

(6) comments


More good news for Maryland and FredCo. Maryland is doing it right.[ninja]


Just read about the alarming figures in a MSM mews bulletin. Only two states show a drop in cases and Maryland is not one of them. We really have become victims of "fake news"


I noticed that this morning as well jsk. That's why I advocate for getting the news from more than one source - somewhere in there is the truth. [ninja]


What was the fake news? This article was about hospitalizations while the one you referenced was about cases. Are you saying hospitalizations are up in MD?


Thank you for pointing out their failure to read and comprehend, Gladys.


All the more reason to check more than one source the CNN report on MSN cited cases and the FNP report cited hospitalizations. My bad. [crying][ninja]

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