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COVID-19 REPORT: Maryland positivity rate hits new record low

UPDATE: View the latest COVID-19 reports here.

Original story below…


NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Thursday reported that the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate hit a new record low over the past 24 hours.

As of Thursday, there have been 93,005 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland, an increase of 579 cases since Wednesday. A total of 16,699 tests were performed over the past 24 hours.  Maryland has now conducted 1,348,880 tests.

The statewide positivity rate stands at 4.03%, a slight decrease from Wednesday’s 4.05% and a new record low since the pandemic began.  Baltimore County’s positivity rate stands at 5.31%, a slight decrease from Wednesday’s 5.42%.

There have been 3,415 related deaths and 535 individuals are currently hospitalized…an increase of 13 deaths and a decrease of 20 hospitalizations since Wednesday.  A total of 139 ICU beds are currently in use, an increase of 5 beds since Wednesday.  Approximately 70% of Maryland’s COVID-19 fatalities have been among those over 70 years of age (2,398/3,415), as seen in the chart below from the Maryland Department of Health.

There have now been 899,136 negative test results and 5,790 patients have been released from isolation.

Baltimore County has confirmed 12,777 COVID-19 cases and and 535 (+2) deaths (note: “probable” deaths are not included in these totals).

Case breakdown by zip code in’s coverage area:

  • 21128 (Perry Hall) – 157 cases (+3)
  • 21162 (White Marsh) – 59 cases (+2)
  • 21234 (Hillendale/Parkville/Carney) – 1,065 cases (+10)
  • 21236 (Overlea/Fullerton/Nottingham) – 480 cases (+6)

Previous COVID-19 reports can be viewed here.

“Maryland is reporting a new record low seven-day positivity rate of 4.03%, and a daily positivity rate of 3.83%,” said Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday. “There are 535 current total #COVID19 hospitalizations with 139 ICU beds in use.”

“The positivity rate is above 5% in five jurisdictions,” Governor Hogan added. “Baltimore City’s positivity rate has dropped to 5.44%—down 80% from its peak on April 19. Montgomery County’s positivity rate is 2.54%—down 92.2% from its peak on April 20.”

Last week, Governor Hogan expanded the state’s masking order and issued an out-of-state travel advisory.  Governor Hogan this week issued an emergency order aimed at preventing blanket private school closings in local Maryland jurisdictions.

View the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here.

Additional charts and data can be found below.

Maryland COVID-19 Hospitalizations 20200806

Maryland COVID-19 Testing Positivity 20200806

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths 20200806

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths by Age Group 20200806

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