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COVID-19 REPORT: Maryland ICU bed utilization dips as hospitalizations tick higher

UPDATE: View the latest COVID-19 reports here.

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NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday reported that Maryland ICU bed usage dipped over the past 24 hours while hospitalizations ticked slightly higher.

As of Wednesday, there have been 92,426 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland, an increase of 572 cases since Tuesday. A total of 21,762 tests were performed over the past 24 hours.  Maryland has now conducted 1,332,181 tests.

The statewide positivity rate stands at 4.05%, a decrease from Tuesday’s 4.44%.  This marks the state’s lowest positivity rate since the pandemic began.  Baltimore County’s positivity rate stands at 5.42%, a decrease from Tuesday’s 5.75%.

There have been 3,402 related deaths and 555 individuals are currently hospitalized…an increase of 6 deaths and 8 hospitalizations since Tuesday.  A total of 134 ICU beds are currently in use, a decrease of 3 beds since Tuesday.  Approximately 70% of Maryland’s COVID-19 fatalities have been among those over 70 years of age (2,391/3,402), as seen in the chart below from the Maryland Department of Health.

There have now been 889,969 negative test results and 5,749 patients have been released from isolation.

Baltimore County has confirmed 12,666 COVID-19 cases and and 533 (+2) deaths (note: “probable” deaths are not included in these totals).

Case breakdown by zip code in’s coverage area:

  • 21128 (Perry Hall) – 154 cases (+2)
  • 21162 (White Marsh) – 57 cases (+1)
  • 21234 (Hillendale/Parkville/Carney) – 1,055 cases (+7)
  • 21236 (Overlea/Fullerton/Nottingham) – 474 cases (+3)

Previous COVID-19 reports can be viewed here.

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan expanded the state’s masking order and issued an out-of-state travel advisory.  Governor Hogan this week issued an emergency order preventing blanket private school closings in local Maryland jurisdictions, leaving the decision up to educators and parents.

View the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here.

Additional charts and data can be found below.

Maryland COVID-19 Hospitalizations 20200805

Maryland COVID-19 Testing Positivity 20200805

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths 20200805

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths by Age Group 20200805

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