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COVID-19 REPORT: Maryland ICU bed usage falls again as cases continue to spike

UPDATE: View the latest NottinghamMD.com COVID-19 reports here.

Original story below…

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NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday reported that statewide ICU bed utilization decreased once again over the past 24 hours as confirmed cases continue to spike.

As of Friday, there have been 88,346 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland, an increase of 1,196 cases since Thursday. A total of 28,632 tests were performed over the past 24 hours, the third-highest one-day testing total since the pandemic began.  Maryland has now conducted 1,214,764 tests.

The statewide positivity rate stands at 4.54%, largely unchanged from Thursday’s 4.57%.  Baltimore County’s positivity rate stands at 5.48%, a decrease from Thursday’s 5.59%.

There have been 3,362 related deaths and 590 individuals are currently hospitalized…an increase of 5 deaths and 5 hospitalizations since Thursday. Approximately 70% of Maryland’s COVID-19 fatalities have been among those over 70 years of age (2,363/3,362), 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 128 ICU beds are currently in use, a decrease of 11 beds since Thursday.  There have now been 822,845 negative test results and 5,689 patients have been released from isolation.

Since July 1 in Maryland, hospitalizations are up 28%, ICU usage is down 17%, cases are up 145%, and fatalities are down 22%.

Baltimore County has confirmed 11,818 COVID-19 cases and and 525 deaths (note: “probable” deaths are not included in these totals).

Case breakdown by zip code in NottinghamMD.com’s coverage area:

  • 21128 (Perry Hall) – 142 cases (0)
  • 21162 (White Marsh) – 53 cases (0)
  • 21234 (Hillendale/Parkville/Carney) – 980 cases (+32)
  • 21236 (Overlea/Fullerton/Nottingham) – 432 cases (+15)

Previous COVID-19 reports can be viewed here.

“As we head into the weekend, Marylanders should keep in mind that the top activities reported in contact tracing investigations were family gatherings, house parties, and outdoor events,” said Governor Larry Hogan on Friday. “It’s easy to become complacent, but we can’t afford to let our guard down.”

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.

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Additional charts and data can be found below.

Maryland COVID-19 Hospitalizations 20200731

Maryland COVID-19 Testing Positivity 20200731

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths 20200731

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths by Age Group 20200731

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