The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland are expected to continue to rise as the state approached 7,000 Friday morning.
Maryland is “ramping up the curve,” Gov. Larry Hogan said during a press conference Friday.
“This is going to be one of our most dangerous times ever this weekend and over the next week or so,” Hogan said.
The Maryland Department of Health reported 6,968 cases and 171 deaths, as of 10 a.m. Friday, an increase of 783 cases in 24 hours.
The state numbers do not include three Frederick County cases and a Carroll County death.
In the last 24 hours, an additional 65 Marylanders were hospitalized due to the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, while 21 people were released from isolation. A total of 397 people, including 32 from Frederick County, have recovered from the disease.
Frederick County has 342 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths, an increase of 50 cases and two deaths since Thursday.
A woman in her 70s and man in his 90s both died from the disease.
There have been six confirmed deaths at longterm care facilities in the county.
Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center reported three residents have died. HeartFields Assisted Living at Frederick reported the death of a resident and an employee. One of the newly reported deaths was a Country Meadows resident, said Rissah Watkins, director of assessment, planning and communications for the Frederick County Health Department.
Ballenger Creek nursing home has a total of 20 confirmed cases, including 15 residents.
HeartFields has a total of 27 cases, eight of which are residents. Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center has 15 cases, with 13 cases in residents. Country Meadows has 14 cases, eight of which are residents.
Five Frederick County residents have been hospitalized, with two residents released from isolation.
At least 44,451 Maryland residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 37,480 coming back negative. The state health department does not release the number of pending test results.
More women in Maryland have been diagnosed with the disease, but more men have died from it.
African-American residents account for 35 percent of the deaths in Maryland and 33 percent of cases. According to census data, approximately 30 percent of the state population is African American.
White residents account for 26 percent of the deaths and 24 percent of the confirmed cases. Asian residents are 3.5 percent of deaths and 2 percent of cases. Residents of other races account for five deaths and 544 cases, with 1,507 cases and 21 deaths not categorized by race.
Data on Hispanic residents is not included in the state data.
During the press conference, Hogan also announced the creation of COVID Connect, a voluntary registry of people who have recovered from the disease.