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ZIP CODE REPORT: Maryland ICU bed usage drops as COVID-19 positivity rate hits new record low

EDITOR’S NOTE: Based on reader feedback, NottinghamMD will be transitioning to a weekly COVID-19 Report to be published every Friday.  This will replace the daily “case counting” reports as Maryland’s key metrics continue to decline.

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday reported that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state flattened over the past 24 hours as ICU bed usage dropped.  The statewide positivity rate also hit a new record low.

As of Friday, there have been 102,899 cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland, an increase of 670 cases since Thursday. A total of 29,386 tests were performed over the past 24 hours.  Maryland has now conducted 1,722,957 tests.

The statewide positivity rate stands at 3.08%, a decrease from Thursday’s 3.29%.  Baltimore County’s positivity rate stands at 3.53%, a decrease from Thursday’s 3.60%.

There have been 3,536 related deaths and 455 individuals are currently hospitalized…an increase of 5 deaths since Thursday.  Hospitalizations remain unchanged.  A total of 102 ICU beds are currently in use, a decrease of 5 beds since Thursday.

Approximately 70% of Maryland’s COVID-19 fatalities have been among those over 70 years of age (2,488/3,536), as seen in the chart below from the Maryland Department of Health.

The updated Maryland COVID-19 mortality rate by age group can be viewed here.

There have now been 1,101,368 negative test results and 6,047 patients have been released from isolation.

Baltimore County has confirmed 14,471 COVID-19 cases and and 561 (+2) deaths (note: “probable” deaths are not included in these totals).

Case breakdown by zip code in’s coverage area:

  • 21128 (Perry Hall) – 185 cases (+1)
  • 21162 (White Marsh) – 71 cases (+2)
  • 21234 (Hillendale/Parkville/Carney) – 1,233 (+8)
  • 21236 (Overlea/Fullerton/Nottingham) – 570 cases (+2)
  • 21237 (Rossville/Rosedale) – 690 cases (+6)

Previous zip code reports can be viewed here.

“Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate has reached a new all-time low of 3.08%, and the daily positivity rate is 2.71%,” said Governor Larry Hogan on Friday. “The positivity rates for Baltimore City and Prince George’s County have fallen to record lows. Hospitalizations remain steady at 455 as ICU levels declined to 102.”

View the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery here.

Additional charts and data can be viewed below.

Maryland COVID-19 Hospitalizations 20200821

Maryland COVID-19 Hospitalizations 20200821

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths 20200821

Maryland COVID-19 Deaths by Age Group 20200821


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