Coronavirus

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With 23 new deaths reported over the last 24 hours, Maryland officially surpassed 3,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 Thursday.

The grim milestone was reached nearly four months after Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency due to the pandemic and as other key metrics continue to improve across the state.

Current hospitalizations fell for the 28th consecutive day. The daily positivity rate dropped to a new low, as the seven-day positivity rate once again dipped. And the state has now conducted more than 600,000 coronavirus tests, including 11,635 over the last 24 hours.

“As we continue to safely reopen, it is important to remember that this crisis is still not behind us,” Hogan said Thursday in a press release. “More than 65,000 Marylanders have been infected, and more than 3,000 Marylanders have now lost their lives to this deadly virus. We mourn each and every loss.”

COVID-19 has made a profound impact on the state.

The official numbers from the Maryland Department of Health stand at 65,777 confirmed cases and 3,001 fatalities.

The number of new cases went up by 440 since 10 a.m. Wednesday, while the death toll rose by 23 over the same span.

In Frederick County, there are 2,441 confirmed cases, an increase of 16 over the last 24 hours, and 109 related deaths.

The number of deaths in the county remained unchanged for the sixth consecutive day.

It’s important for county residents and all Marylanders to stay vigilant, as they “aren’t out of the woods yet,” Gardner said at a press briefing Thursday.

“The governor and all the rest of us are watching what’s happening around the rest of the country where people are really not doing their part and are not following the rules, where they’ve seen a surge in positive cases, and we all want to avoid that,” she added.

Across the state, current hospitalizations fell by 33 and now stand at 511 overall, including 209 in intensive care. The current hospitalization numbers are as low as they have been since early April.

There was also encouraging news with the positivity rate, which is a rolling average of positive results as a percentage of all tests.

The daily positivity rate is at 4.38 percent, which is as low as it has ever been, while the seven-day positivity rate dropped slightly to 5.05 percent after it either ticked a little higher or remained flat for the most of the week.

The falling positivity rate coincides with the surge in testing, as the state has now administered 603,597 tests overall.

A total of 4,874 Maryland residents have been released from isolation since the pandemic began. That’s an increase of 64 from the previous day.

“Now more than ever, as we begin to come into contact with more people, we must all continue to remain vigilant,” Hogan said. “Our health and economic recovery depends on all of us continuing to exercise personal responsibility in order to keep ourselves, our family members, our neighbors and our coworkers safe.”

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OICLife

From the article: "The Year We Couldn't Breathe" - Clay Jenkinson, Editor at Large Governing: So, the question becomes, “If 7 million die per annum of air pollution, why are we obsessing over COVID-19?” Or, “If we regard COVID-19 as a threat to civilization, why are we comparatively complacent about air pollution or heart disease or smoking-related illnesses?”

Marvellous article that asks questions that must be answered. One of my questions: Why have we gone to wearing masks so willingly, but begrudged, and still do - wearing condoms to protect against STD/HIV and that cache of human ... spray?

Think of it - 7 million people die each year from air pollution.

Greg F

USA: "We've decided that in order to go into a public establishment one must have on shoes and a shirt. For safety and sanitary reasons."

People: "okay"

USA: "because of safety reasons we now require all people to remove belt, shoes, all liquids, all computers, iPads, and toiletries from luggage to go though security at the airport."

People: "even toothpaste? Okay, sounds good."

USA: "for safety, we have decided that we will have speed limits on roads. If you go too fast, you'll be fined."

People: "Aight"

USA: "you have to be 21 to drink"

People: "Shoot! Fine."

USA: "We're in a global pandemic and we have are now requiring people to wear masks so people don't get sick, especially those at risk such as older folks and those with certain medical conditions."

People: "This is all bulls**t. And I'm free!!!!!!! I live in a free ___ING country! This is AMERICA! I refuse and have a medical condition that makes it unsafe to wear one. I'm not telling you because of HIPAA and I need to buy stuff. It's the Devil's law! Jesus didn't wear one and Cheeto doesn't either!"

USA: ...Sigh....... and watches COVID-19 numbers increase.

bosco

For some perspective, the annual death rate in Maryland from all causes runs just under 800 deaths per 100,000. Make of that what you will, but I'm wearing a mask until there is a vaccine.[ninja]

Greg F

That should be everyone. All sorts of really ignorant excuses out there for not wearing one, of which I’ve heard it’s the devil’s medicine, only old people get it, Trump doesn’t wear one, and all sorts of misinformation from talking heads with those heads firmly up their backsides. Some of us have perspectives that get really detailed info and insight...and those that do know this is not going away without everyone doing this as one....united...nation. Screw trump and his divisive buffoonery.

bosco

GregF....it's amazing to me how many "young" people (and at my age that's a lot of the population) are seen not distancing and not wearing a mask. Maybe a little Darwinism at work? I'm all for personal freedom. I don't wear a mask when it's not neccessary - such as if I'm out riding by myself, BUT I do distance and wear a mask when it's required. The nice thing about my cowboy bandanna is that I always have it in my back pocket ready to use. It's the right thing to do.

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phydeaux994

Not long ago your were making fun of people wearing masks, accusing them of “hiding under the covers” while you were at Bosco Manor sipping Coronas and flipping burgers with the neighbors.

Greg F

Yep...and calling them face covers, and razzing those who said mask.

bosco

Oh goody, that brought out some of the lefties tag team.

If you will recall, it was only those who wear a mask when it's not going to do any good, such as driving through town alone in your car. Or when out in the good ol' outdoors. Or those who thought that they needed to wear a mask anytime they left home. Never when a mask is required.

We at Bosco Manor are still practicing good universal precautions, are following Hogan's guidelines, and wearing a mask when required.

Life is good and we are enjoying it as much as possible while waiting for the vaccine. We'll be part of the fifty percent of the population who will avail ourselves of the shot.

[ninja]

Greg F

That’s fine and dandy B but most of those causes are not contagious.

shiftless88

And drunk driving kills a mere 160 or so people per year in MD. This is a Big Deal

Greg F

Drunk driving is not contagious nor now one of the leading causes of death over and above all others at this point in time. The virus can be slowed/stopped by pretty simple things you can do even when you get stoned drunk and go out to drive and kill someone anyway. More cases now in one day than ever and see the graph on trends that is NOT just due to more testing. I called this weeks ago. You said it would not happen and people can do the right things without the Government holding their hands.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/26/health/us-coronavirus-friday/index.html

shiftless88

Greg; cool your jets. I was pointing out that people are so dismissive of the Coronavirus yet it kills far more than drunk driving (about which people are NOT dismissive). I never said increases wouldn't happen; people in this country are selfish jerks by and large and won't sit still and mask up for long enough to get beat this virus down.

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