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COVID-19 REPORT: Maryland ICU bed usage decreases, positivity rate dips

UPDATE: View the latest COVID-19 reports here.

Original story below…


NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Thursday reported that statewide ICU bed utilization decreased over the past 24 hours and that the overall positivity rate dropped as well.

As of Thursday, there have been 87,177 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland, an increase of 892 cases since Wednesday. A total of 25,689 tests were performed over the past 24 hours, the third-highest total since the pandemic began.  Maryland has now conducted 1,186,132 tests.

The statewide positivity rate stands at 4.57%, a decrease from Wednesday’s 4.77%.  Baltimore County’s positivity rate stands at 5.59%, a decrease from Wednesdays 6.07%.

There have been 3,357 related deaths and 585 individuals are currently hospitalized…an increase of 10 deaths and 14 hospitalizations since Wednesday. Approximately 70% of Maryland’s COVID-19 fatalities have been among those over 70 years of age (2,359/3,357), as seen in the chart below from the Maryland Department of Health.

For a statewide breakdown of the COVID-19 fatality rate by age group, click here.

A total of 139 ICU beds are currently in use, a decrease of 6 beds since Wednesday.  There have now been 806,788 negative test results and 5,592 patients have been released from isolation.

Baltimore County has confirmed 11,615 COVID-19 cases and and 523 deaths (note: “probable” deaths are not included in these totals).

Case breakdown by zip code in’s coverage area:

  • 21128 (Perry Hall) – 142 cases (+3)
  • 21162 (White Marsh) – 53 cases (+1)
  • 21234 (Hillendale/Parkville/Carney) – 948 cases (+16)
  • 21236 (Overlea/Fullerton/Nottingham) – 417 cases (+11)

Previous COVID-19 reports can be viewed here.

“Maryland is reporting a statewide positivity rate of 4.57%,” said Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday. “There are 585 current total hospitalizations and 139 ICU beds in use. As we continue to closely monitor these metrics, it remains imperative that Marylanders take strong precautions to slow the spread.”

“21 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions remain below the 5% positivity goal recommended by the WHO—only Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince George’s are slightly over,” Hogan added. “22 counties have met the goal of testing 10% of their populations—only Calvert and Cecil remain behind.”

On Thursday afternoon, Governor Hogan expanded the state’s masking order and issued an out-of-state travel advisory.

View the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here.

Additional charts and data can be found below.

Maryland COVID-19 Hospitalizations 20200730

Maryland COVID-19 Testing Positivity 20200730

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths 20200730

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths by Age Group 20200730

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