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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.”

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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