Coronavirus

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

Current hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Maryland had decreased for 32 consecutive days. That was until Monday, when the number went up by one, to 447 overall.

That minor uptick wasn’t all that discouraging, but rather a subtle reminder that the novel coronavirus is still a clear and present danger in a state where the key metrics have been improving steadily.

The increase in current hospitalizations was the first since May 27.

There are presently 160 in intensive care and 287 in acute care, according to the Maryland Department of Health.

“I want to continue to stress to all Marylanders that the fight against this virus is far from over,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a press release. “While our numbers continue to trend in a positive direction, we are seeing rapidly rising case numbers in states all across the country, and even on the other side of our state border in some nearby communities.

“It is vital that Marylanders remain vigilant, wear face coverings, wash their hands and practice physical distancing so that we can continue on our road to recovery.”

The state reported Monday it had conducted 12,586 tests over the last 24 hours, the fifth-highest total during the pandemic, as the seven-day rolling positivity rate dropped to a new low of 4.84 percent.

In Frederick County, there are 2,486 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 15 over the last 24 hours, and 110 related deaths, according to the state.

The county has tested 9.5 percent of its population so far, falling just short of the statewide goal of 10 percent for all 24 jurisdictions.

So far, eight of those 24 Maryland jurisdictions have reached the goal, with Baltimore city (10.2 percent) hitting it Sunday and Talbot County (10 percent) reaching it Monday.

“The state has, and will continue to have an abundant supply of testing available at no out-of-pocket cost to anyone who needs to be tested,” Hogan said.

The governor added that testing capacity will be expanded and adapted to meet the needs across the state.

Overall, there are 67,254 confirmed cases and 3,048 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Maryland, according to the state.

The number of new cases increased by 447 since 10 a.m. Sunday, while the death toll went up by six.

There have been 644,026 tests conducted statewide and a total of 4,979 Maryland residents have been released from isolation since the pandemic began.

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(4) comments

OICLife

A question persists in me: Why has our public treasury funding not been used to purchase masks for every household in Maryland? If the state is picking up the costs of testing, why then are masks - being lauded as the central deterrent for spreading - not included in this strategic health operation? I have long believed that any taxation taken into our public treasury from the Medical Marijuana sales should go directly - 100% - into public health coffers.

gabrielshorn2013

A bandana costs $2.99 at Tractor Supply, and $16.37 for a 6-pack plus free shipping from Amazon. Invest in your own health.

Greg F

We've already seen the ignorant ones out there who can't or won't do the right thing and wear one. Trump's seen to that.

DickD

The lower the infection rate the more precaution is needed to try and stamp out all possible contagion.

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