Maryland saw its second consecutive day of increased hospitalizations from COVID-19 as Gov. Larry Hogan announced additional openings Wednesday as part of the first phase of the state’s reopening.
Hospitalizations had been on a 10-day decline before Tuesday, when the Maryland Department of Health reported an increase of 36 hospitalizations. On Wednesday, the state health department reported an increase of 23.
Hospitalizations at Frederick Health Hospital also ticked up Tuesday, with the number of acute beds increasing by two. The intensive care unit numbers did not change. Hospitalizations are reported on a one-day lag.
The rise mostly comes in acute care numbers, which saw an increase of 23. Intensive care numbers did not change. Overall, 102 people were reported hospitalized Wednesday, which means that there were also some discharges.
In addition to increases in hospitalizations, the Maryland Department of Health reported the largest increase in COVID-19 deaths in eight days. Deaths rose by 53, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,270.
The Frederick County Health Department reported an additional death. The county’s 106th death was a man in his 70s, said Rissah Watkins, director of assessment, planning and communications.
The county now has 1,827 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 55 in the last 24 hours. It is the highest increase since April 24.
Comparing it to the 2018 Vital and Statistics report, which has the most recent information on the leading causes of death in the state, COVID-19 would be fifth, after it surpassed the number of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases.
It has been less than three months since the first case of the disease was reported.
At least 56 percent of the deaths from COVID-19 were residents of long-term care facilities. However, the state health department only lists nursing homes with active cases, said spokesman Charlie Gischlar. That means the percentage of deaths could be higher.
For example, in Frederick County, the Maryland Department of Health reports 64 deaths among long-term care residents. But that does not include deaths in four facilities that no longer have active cases. One of the facilities no longer listed is Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center, the site of the first outbreak in the county.
In Frederick County, deaths in long-term care facilities account for 79 percent of COVID-19 deaths. There have been 83 deaths from nursing home facilities and 105 total COVID-19 deaths.
There were 314 confirmed cases in residents of long-term care facilities, with 270 currently active cases. There are a total of 217 cases among staff, with 68 currently active.
The state and county health departments continue to see discrepancies in data when it comes to deaths. The Frederick County Health Department reported more deaths than the state health department.
The state health department has 61 deaths without county data available, meaning the missing Frederick County deaths fall into this category. However, it is also possible that due to reporting lags, the state health department has not reported all deaths in Frederick County.