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Maryland adds 3,292 coronavirus cases Saturday, 47 more deaths
Baltimore Sun - 1/16/2021
Maryland reported 3,292 new coronavirus cases Saturday, along with 47 more deaths, health department data shows.
The state last reported more than 3,000 new cases in a day on Tuesday, and the daily figure reported Saturday was the most since Sunday.
Maryland has now recorded 324,031 cases and 6,369 fatalities since public health officials began to track the virus in March.
Twenty-seven fewer people were hospitalized with the virus Saturday compared to a day earlier. Of the 1,821 currently in Maryland hospitals because of the disease, 412 required intensive care, nine fewer than Friday.
Maryland reported completing 13,534 coronavirus tests over the past day, almost 41,000 less tests than the state administered in the previous 24-hour period.
The state’s testing positivity rate decreased to 8.13% Friday, which is 0.17 percentage points higher than the day before. The drop Friday marks five days straight of decline for the positivity rate.
Health department data shows Maryland has now administered 6,408,323 coronavirus tests.
Meanwhile, Maryland’s seven-day average of infections per 100,000 residents decreased Friday. The rate was 49.94 cases per 100,000 residents, continuing to decline after the pandemic peak of 53.39 reported on Tuesday.
There have been an average of 71.6 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents nationally over the past week, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Maryland also continued its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with health department reporting that 24,553 doses of the vaccine were administered over the past 24 hours. About 21,000 more people received their first shot of the vaccine, while 3,153 received their second.
Some 216,620 Marylanders have received their first dose of the vaccine, while 20,646 have received their second dose. It’s the third day in a row the state set a new milestone for initial shots administered.
The apparent acceleration in doses administered comes as Maryland plans to make the vaccine available to a wider demographic of residents Monday.
Currently focused on first responders, frontline health care workers and those who live and work in nursing homes, the vaccine rollout will expand Monday to include residents 75 and older, along with teachers and school staff, child care providers, assisted and congregate living facility residents, and high-risk inmates and detainees
This article will be updated.
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