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COVID-19 REPORT: Maryland ICU bed usage remains low, Baltimore City suspends indoor dining

UPDATE: View the latest COVID-19 reports here.

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NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday reported that statewide COVID-19 deaths continued to slow over the past 24 hours while the overall positivity rate remained unchanged.

As of Wednesday morning, there have been 80,172 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland, an increase of 627 cases since Tuesday. A total of 21,021 tests were performed over the past 24 hours…the fifth-highest total since the pandemic began.  Maryland has now conducted 1,000,179 tests.

The statewide positivity rate is now 4.49%, which is unchanged from Tuesday.  Baltimore County’s positivity rate now stands at 5.72%, a decrease from Tuesday’s 5.92%.

There have been 3,276 related deaths and 505 individuals are currently hospitalized…an increase of 4 deaths and 21 hospitalized patients since Tuesday. Approximately 71% of Maryland’s COVID-19 fatalities have been among those over 70 years of age, as seen in the chart below from the Maryland Department of Health.  A total of 137 ICU beds are currently in use.  There have now been 702,661 negative test results.

Baltimore County has confirmed 10,153 COVID-19 cases and and 499 deaths (note: “probable” deaths are not included in the totals below).

Case breakdown by zip code in’s coverage area:

  • 21128 (Perry Hall) – 116 cases
  • 21162 (White Marsh) – 45 cases
  • 21234 (Hillendale/Parkville/Carney) – 810 cases
  • 21236 (Overlea/Fullerton/Nottingham) – 346 cases

Previous COVID-19 reports can be viewed here.

On Wednesday morning, Baltimore City Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young announced that indoor dining would be suspended in the city at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 24th.  In addition, all city residents over the age of 2 will be required to wear a face covering whenever they are in public and maintaining a social distance of six feet is not possible.  City residents will not be required to wear a face covering when seated outdoors at a food service establishment.  City officials say the restriction will remain in place for at least two weeks.

“I have always stressed that my administration would continuously monitor the data related to COVID-19, and that I would not hesitate to tighten restrictions if the data indicated we should,” said Mayor Young on Wednesday.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Tuesday ordered that county residents over the age of 2 wear face coverings whenever they are in an indoor public area.

On Tuesday evening, Baltimore County Public Schools announced that the 2020-2021 school year would begin online, despite the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that schools reopen in the fall.

Governor Larry Hogan has announced that he will hold a joint press conference with Maryland State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

View the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here.

Additional charts and data can be found below.

Maryland COVID-19 Hospitalizations 20200722

Maryland COVID-19 Testing Positivity 20200722

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths 20200722

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths by Age 20200722

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