Maryland's tenuous progress against the novel coronavirus showed signs of wobbling Tuesday as the state reported its largest daily increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases in more than a month.

In a sharply worded statement, Gov. Larry Hogan attributed some of the increase to flagrant violation of public-safety measures.

"The vast majority of bars and restaurants in our state are in compliance, but some are flagrantly violating the law and endangering public health," Hogan said. 

"You have the responsibility to enforce these laws. Violators should be warned, fined, have actions taken regarding their licenses or closed if necessary. Local health departments, local liquor boards and inspectors and local law enforcement agencies must work together to ensure public health is protected," Hogan said.

With cases and hospitalizations surging throughout much of the country, at least 12 other states have moved to once again shutter bars and restaurants statewide or in targeted localities.

Maryland has been one of the national exceptions with a manageable number of daily cases and falling hospitalizations and positivity rates. It's too soon to know if Tuesday's increase represented a one-day blip or the start of a worrisome trend.

"Our continued economic health and recovery depend on active and aggressive local compliance and enforcement of these critical public-health measures," Hogan said. "We cannot allow a small segment of willful violators to squander the collective efforts of the overwhelming majority of Maryland citizens and businesses."

There were 733 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by the Maryland Department of Health over the last 24 hours. That number includes 14 new cases in Frederick County.

Tuesday's statewide increase is the largest since June 5 when the number of new cases went up by 912. Over the ensuing 39 days, the average daily increase was 448.

This latest surge brought the total number of cases in the state to 74,260, including 2,619 in the county. 

Almost two-thirds of the cases statewide were registered with people between the ages of 20-60. The virus is afflicting more state residents (13,905) between the ages of 30-39 than any other age range.

Meanwhile, current hospitalizations across the state rose by 29 after two days of declines, and the number of patients in intensive care increased by 10.

There are currently 415 hospitalized by the virus, including 118 in intensive care.

"We're not out of the woods yet, and it's up to each one of us to choose to lower our own risk and protect ourselves and others in the community," said Dr. Randall Culpepper, deputy health officer for Frederick County.

The state reported eight new deaths over the last 24 hours, bringing the overall total to 3,202. In Frederick County, the number of deaths remained unchanged for a 10th consecutive day at 113.

The vast majority of confirmed deaths in the state have occurred with people 60 and older. They account for 86 percent of the overall total. 

Nearly half of the deaths (1,463) across the state have been with people 80 and older.

The state did conduct more than 15,000 daily tests for the second time in three days and the third time over the last week, and the seven-day rolling positivity rate ticked slightly higher to 4.64 percent.

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(40) comments

Dwasserba

Oh. Fourth of July fallout.

des21

Wave of "protests" fall out more likely.

MD1756

Just goes to show if you really look at the data and want to truly understand cause and effect, it is not as simple as seeing a difference in groups and saying it's racism that causes the "gap." Here it clearly seems to be behavior< not race that is driving a greater increase in one segment of the population> Bars and restaurant are not essential services and the general public should not be put at risk because some people want to go out to eat or drink. Those people that do should be made to identify themselves by wearing a large scarlet "I" so others no those persons engage in risky behavior and it will be easier to maintain one's distance from them.

shiftless88

What you are missing regarding racial disparities is that black people are more likely to have those jobs that require them to report to work, such as in bars and restaurants. Therefore they are more likely to be in contact with someone who is sick. It is not just customers who are at risk but the people working.

shiftless88

Megan McArdle had a good opinion piece on this today: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-the-covid-19-world-systemic-racism-is-deadly/2020/07/14/aabe1672-c601-11ea-b037-f9711f89ee46_story.html?hpid=hp_opinions-float-right-4-0_opinion-card-g-right%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans

MD1756

Rather than opinion pieces I'd rather someone look at all factors, relative importance, etc. rather than one or two factors and claim they know the solution to the problem. For example in MoCo the politicians want to use home ownership disparities as proof of systemic inequities that the government needs to do something about. Well, if you're a new immigrant or an illegal immigrant you're not likely to own a home so the data needs to be normalized and factors like that need to be taken into account. One cannot reasonably expect someone who is here illegally and not legally allowed to have a job to be able to have a home ownership rate that matches someone here a long time or has developed skills that command a higher wage. Yet so far MoCo doesn't seem to account for that.

shiftless88

The answers are out there; Google is your friend. These studies have been done in great detail by people with in-depth expertise of history, economics and so forth. By the way, new immigrants are not necessarily poor. The first lady was never poor even when she was just here on a work visa.

MD1756

I've not seen them (at least not those that truly consider all appropriate factor just like all the studies I've seen that say illegal immigration provide a net benefit do not take into account environmental impact, additional congestion or the costs of their American children they have while here illegally) and you've provided no citations to any that exist.

MD1756

Shiftless, while this is going more offtopic, of course new immigrants are not necessaryily poor, Thanks for pointing out the obvious. However given this is a high cost of living area and given where the majority of the immigrants are coming from, it is less likely that they own homes for some time (it took me 5 years going from owning a home in SW VA to being able to buy the type of home I wanted in Maryland and I only immigrated backinto Maryland from VA).

vodalone

Complacency is a human trait, since MD was doing much better than most of the nation people got complacent with health regulations and we'll most likely be where some of our neighbors to the south are in a month or so.

MRS M

Sadly, this is exactly true, at this stage of the game. Other cases in point: the city of Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas. Complacency is the newest vector of this virus, for cities that took a strong early stance and then "relaxed", compounded by the ignorance of the ongoing presidential lies and denial, spoken from the most powerful podium on the globe.

public-redux

In a dozen or more states churches have been nodes of significant covid outbreaks. That doesn't appear to be the case in Maryland, which is highly commendable.

MRS M

Oh lordy. Here's hoping the FNP has a "des" account.........that will reimburse faithful readers of the paper, when columnist des posts something that is so willfully ridiculous (or, so disconnected from reality)......that morning coffee drinkers cough up their coffee over their laptops and ipads. Or perhaps des was sleepwalking in his pandemic isolation and addressing the sick and aberrant "leader" of the free world, and the Republican Party that has allowed this malignancy in our nation to fester, by their silence and enablement. This suggests des may be (justifiably) haunted by his public support of the grand old party's cowardice lo' these many years. Sad, sad, sad place to be, on the wrong side of history. This is what true, dug-in denial looks like....when you've even confused ol' jsk.

des21

What the heck are you talking about MM? Your obsession with me is really bizarre. Move on woman!

DickD

It would be interesting to know more about Frederick County as we don't currently go elsewhere.

MD1756

Dick, I suggested that as a comment to an earlier article. Not just local cases but what/where were the causes of the increase (in other words contract tracing). With that information, citizens can make better decisions about the risks and policy makers can make more informed decisions about restrictions and remove some of the guesswork out of what will and what won't work to held combat the spread of the virus.

shiftless88

But the Trumpers are afraid of tracing so it is difficult to do

des21

I don't know if I'm a "trumper" although many here certainly think I am. Why are we "afraid" of tracing exactly?

Tanstaafl

Absolutely! I don't understand this contact tracing failure. Why was this essential procedure ignored? Do Repubs have some reason to block tracing? So much of thia

epidemic is really suspicous, as well as what seems to be a lot of misinformation.. And

why is Mitch McConnell calling the shots? He seems to undermine anything that might help us...

MD1756

Which is why we need to act at the state or local level to do the tracing. I don't want to be around people who are so desperate to go to a packed bar regardless of the risk. I want to know who those people are so I can avoid them at all cost when I have to go to the grocery store, etc.

des21

Maybe it costs a lot of money and, under our system of Federalism, health care (along with education and voting) have historically been state prerogatives. (Quaint, I know.) Maybe states should pay. Just saying, a little historical context can go along way. We are not a unitary system like France or Japan thank God.

des21

Good point MD- I agree.

Greg F

When we have a “POTUS” that spouts nonsense and lies so often it makes Pinocchio’s 40 foot nose look tiny, it’s no wonder we have increased. He’s spouting lies to discredit Faucci...the one guy that has been on top of this all along. Then there was this: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/14/politics/fact-check-trump-biden-speech-rose-garden/index.html

jsklinelga

The obvious question. Where were the hot spots?

shiftless88

FredCo is doing okay, I think. Fourteen new cases is about in line with our seven day average (I don't have the numbers but based on limited data that seems about right). I read elsewhere that the biggest increase is in PG but that is not surprising since it is one of the most populated counties.

Piedmontgardener

Here we go, buckle in. I-95. Well, two of them are in my wife's preschools, because we just need that essential child care, health be ignored. JSK, it's time for you to abandon the false idols in the Republican Party who tell you we can just reopen and everything will be fine. Be done with this stuff you are a smart man,with a historical background. Let the Republican Party clean itself up of the filth. They've got to go. Hogan might be the future of the party.

des21

Stop politicizing tragedy.

jsklinelga

des21

Wasn't sure if you were being sarcastic. Had to laugh although it shouldn't be funny. I tried to think of something of note that is not politicized in America 2020.

It is certainly bad news that the numbers are spiking. Regardless of the politics more info about where the hot spots are, similar to contact tracing, would be appreciated..

As a side note I certainly do not envy the decision makers in the BOE. Is there going to be a surge of forced retirements to protect the more vulnerable?

Greg F

Oh, right does...like your horses azz president and you don’t do it constantly.

awteam2000

Political? You jest, Des21.

Just yesterday the White House has continue their shenanigans by directing all hospitals to by-pass the CDC with COVID-19 data and send it directly to HHS where they will have a chance to massage the information before passing on. This administration has always ignored the science in favor of politics, turning a tragedy into a catastrophe.

From it’s start; a “democratic hoax“, downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic , cockamamie medical solutions , to Dr. Fauci makes mistakes too. It’s always been about the politics never about the safety of the public.

Thewheelone

Des, perhaps you can ask the president to stop "politicizing the tragedy," as well. He blames the "Dems" for everything that has gone haywire during his train wreck of an administration. He is trying to convince America that Covid is a a hoax to oust him from the white house; do you believe him?

hayduke2

Spoken by someone who injects politics into every single post. [lol][lol][lol]

hayduke2

Good thing your idol, President Trump is above that. https://news.yahoo.com/trump-identifies-another-hoax-the-coronavirus-152649383.html Come on man, face reality.

des21

The Left- didn't they use to have a sense of humor? No more. Intolerant McCarthyites today.

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail Hay. To one trained in political analysis (that would be me) everything looks political. To one trained in science/history/politics/physic/labor relations/and everything else under the sun (that would be you) you feel the need to opine on everything. Tedious but not unusual these days. Very much like Trump actually (who, again, I did not vote for but for whom I have shown some appreciation and therefore, to the intolerant left, I am a rabid supporter.) Sigh, so childish,

Where's my refund for Mrs. M's churlish nonsense FNP? Of course, I expect no refund. I choose to come on here and am exposed to various opinions. Some (most) silly, some coherent.

Thewheelone

Piedmont, well said! [thumbup]

DickD

There's no doubt in my mind that Hogan has a great future. Maybe not in the Republican party as Hogan does not support the orange idiot in the White House. Hogan will not even vote for the orange idiot. What does that say about the Republicans here that do support the orange idiot.

Dwasserba

I like Hogan and only Hogan.

Tanstaafl

Hopefully the Repub party is over, too damaged by all the outright lies, misinformaion,

allowing billionaires to continue their pillaging of America, justifying such corruption by

destroying social security, health care reform, higher taxes average citizens under $40,000, and any safety nets we depend on in America. The Republican Party may hopefully is too exposed to recover. But we need to restore our voting rights before election, if Trump, McConnell and Koch & Co. try to take that away..Good Luck! Hogan is a breath of fresh air, a good man who cares about our Country.

Greg F

JS...why don't you go visit a CDC site or other Government sites. It's FNP that is way underfunded to go out and find these things. Go find it yourself instead of wanting things spoon fed to you. If you really want to know, make some phone calls to be your own reporter and put your real findings out for others to see. MD is so far one of the milder states, but we already see how quickly that can turn. Until we stop seeing the stupidity out there we do, it won't get controlled or go further down. Go after your orange idiot to stop his one-day photo op mask wearing and that whack-job Devos to get some guidance going also for schools vs shoving responsibility on and dodging hers entirely, and see if they can present reality vs lies and nonsense.

Tanstaafl

Yes, where were the hot spots?!

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