Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical extracellular viral particles contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

The state’s positivity rate for COVID-19 continued its steady decline Monday, hitting yet another record low even as hundreds of confirmed cases of the deadly respiratory virus continued coming in.

Maryland’s positivity rate, a seven-day rolling average of positive results as a percentage of all tests, fell below 4 percent for the first time during the pandemic on Friday and the rate has remained below that threshold ever since, dropping to a new record low of 3.62 percent as of Monday, according to data compiled by the Maryland Department of Health.

Meanwhile, Frederick County’s positivity rate sat at just 1.39 percent as of Monday, the second lowest rate of all 24 jurisdictions in the state, second only to Washington County, according to data from the governor’s office.

The state was rapidly closing in on 1.5 million tests administered, with 1,468,470 tests having been conducted as of Monday.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to trend upward over the last 24 hours, according to health department data. An additional 755 cases of the virus were confirmed across the state as of Monday, 15 of which were in Frederick County. The increases brought the state total confirmed cases up to 96,258 while Frederick County now totals 3,082 confirmed cases.

While the county death toll due to the virus remained at 114, six additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported across the state between Sunday and Monday, the health department’s numbers state. The state’s total death toll due to COVID-19 stood at 3,454 as of Monday.

Hospitalizations for the novel coronavirus increased slightly to 534 statewide. A total of 415 of those individuals were in acute care while the remaining 119 were being treated in intensive care, the state’s data shows.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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I have to say that no matter what you do or don’t believe about this pandemic, what is scary to me is the control the media has on how we live our lives and how they can spread false information and cause hysteria. That being said I am not by any means saying any of this is a conspiracy etc...I’m not going there. Just stating the control the media has. Scary to me.


Honestly I have no idea. I don’t claim to be an expert on this by any means. It’s all very overwhelming. I can only go by some simple facts that I personally know proving that data has to be skewed. I personally know people that have received false positive reports and took multiple times to test negative again and then didn’t have the antibodies so never actually had Covid. And this next story is crazy. I know 2 people personally that filled out paperwork to get tested and left the testing site due to they had already waited an hour and a half so they left, then received positive results. Never tested, but received positive results. This is a mess. You have no idea what the truth Is anymore.


I see, yea that sounds like a mess and I'm sure is not exclusive just to you and your acquaintances. One thing this virus has proven for sure is how unprepared a 1st world nation such as the US has proven to be. Also how every aspect of our lives has become polarized and politicized to the point it gets in the way of any unified response to a crisis.


"Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to trend upward over the last 24 hours, according to health department data." ?


We will never know the accurate numbers EVER. The numbers are so screwed many tests administered, real number of positive tests, and real death tolls. Obviously this pandemic is very real but the statistics are not.


Let me ask you. Do you believe the "spike" numbers especially when the major news media outlets starts to cover it more?

Greg F

Oh get real. They didn’t spike because of media. They spike because of idiots out vacationing without a GD clue and no masks. Dollars to donuts we see a massive spike after Sturgis is done with all the nitwits out there. I could t care less if they all got sick acting so callously and like they are immune. I really wish insurances could cancel policies when they find out the negligent acts policy holders do.


So you are okay if a health insurance company can cancel a policy for someone who they find is overweight, a smoker, operates a motor vehicle without a seat belt, exceeds the speed limit, maybe stands on the top step of a step ladder, doesn't lay the firecracker on the ground when lighting anything. That'll sure clear up the deadwood off the ObamaCare rolls, as well as the Workers Compenstion rolls.

Good idea.[thumbdown][ninja]


I pay big $ every month in health insurance premiums so in case something happens to me I'm covered. It's to insure me. It's a pretty famous business in the US, you should read about it.

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