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5 new Md. COVID-19 deaths reported, flu hospitalization rates surpass 2009 H1N1 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health has reported five new coronavirus deaths in Maryland.

The new victims were a Prince George’s County resident in his 50s; a Charles County resident in his 50s; a Wicomico County resident in her 60s with underlying medical conditions; a Baltimore City resident in her 60s with underlying medical conditions; and a Baltimore City resident in her 80s with underlying medical conditions.

The total number of deaths in the state of Maryland due to COVID-19 stands at 10 as of Saturday.

“It took nearly three weeks for the National Capital Region to go from 0 to 1,000 cases of COVID-19,” said Governor Larry Hogan on Saturday night. “It took three days for the region to go from 1,000 to 2,000 cases in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. This is a rapidly evolving and escalating emergency which is now surrounding the nation’s capital.”

“The number of deaths in our state as a result of COVID-19 has doubled,” Governor Hogan added. “We have lost 10 of our fellow Marylanders, and we mourn each and every one of them.”

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Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday that influenza hospitalization rates in children 0-4 years old and adults 18-49 years old were the highest on record for these age groups, surpassing even the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

Six influenza-related pediatric deaths were reported in the U.S. this week. Total U.S. pediatric deaths for the season now stands at 155.

The state of Maryland now has 53 influenza-related deaths – 48 adult deaths and 5 pediatric deaths.

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