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COVID-19 cases in Maryland exceed 6,000, MDH releases racial data

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Thursday reported that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland had exceeded 6,000.

As of Thursday, Maryland had confirmed 6,185 cases of novel coronavirus. The state has had 1,348 hospitalizations, 138 deaths, 35,344 negative tests. A total of 376 patients have been released from isolation.

Baltimore County has had a total of 979 COVID-19 cases and 16 reported deaths.

MDH also began releasing racial data along with Thursday’s release.  In Maryland, there have been 2,064 African-Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 along with 55 deaths.  There have been 122 cases confirmed among Asians and 6 deaths.  There have been 1,540 cases among whites with 39 deaths.  There have been 449 cases and 3 deaths classified as “other.”  There have been 1,354 cases and 21 deaths classified as “data not available.”

“On Tuesday, I directed the Maryland Department of Health to begin publishing everything that is available on racial and ethnic breakdowns on #COVID19 cases, with updates as more data becomes available,” Governor Larry Hogan said on Thursday. “Today, we are able to publish 75 percent of the currently available data, which shows troubling disparities and points to a persistent public health challenge that we must address. I want to thank the Maryland Department of Health for being as proactive as anyone in the nation on this, and for making this information available to the public.”

Globally, there have been just over 90,000 COVID-19 deaths in 2020.  There have been just over 132,000 seasonal flu deaths globally this year, by comparison.


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