14 deaths reported Sunday as key indexes continue to fall – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Maryland reported more than 300 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday as hospital admissions continued to decline, according to the latest data from the Maryland Department of Health.

Maryland added 381 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 1,001,890 since the pandemic began. A small fraction of those are reinfection cases dating back to September.

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Despite exceeding 1 million cases, Maryland’s case rate has dropped significantly since last month’s peak, and the state has the second-lowest case rate in the nation.

Hospitalizations have fallen by 21 in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of COVID-19 patients to 418. This marks the smallest number of hospitalizations Maryland has ever seen since August and an 86% decrease from the previous year. peak of nearly 3,500 patients last month.

The seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 dropped to 2.36%, down 0.43% from Saturday and down more than 90% from the previous month’s high.

With Maryland health indicators showing significant improvement in recent weeks, state and local officials have begun implementing safety measures that have been put in place to limit the spread of the virus. COVID-19.

On Thursday, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced that the city will lift the requirement to wear face masks indoors on March 1, although procedures will remain in place for students at City Public Schools. Baltimore.

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to rescind its masking mandate for public schools, in order to delegate the power to local school districts. Final comments will come from a Maryland General Assembly panel, which is expected to vote on Friday.

Baltimore County Schools also announced that they will be wearing optional masks starting Tuesday, March 1.

The state continues to encourage people to get vaccinated and strengthen against COVID-19, even offering a $2 million raffle as an incentive for people to get vaccinated.

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The statewide death toll is now 13,856, up 14 since Saturday.

Earlier this month, Maryland exited a 30-day state of emergency as a surge in hospitalizations forced many hospitals to increase capacity.

However, healthcare leaders say hospitals still face nursing shortages.

Of Maryland’s COVID-19 patients, 330 are adults in acute care and 75 are adults in intensive care. Eight children are in acute care and five are in the ICU.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 95 percent of Maryland’s adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 90.2 percent of Marylanders age 5 and older have received it.

There are 4,483,066 Marylanders fully immunized against COVID-19.

Maryland has administered 11,358,437 million doses of this vaccine.

In which, 4,708,900 first doses, 2,318 doses in the last 24 hours. Another 4,148,315 dose was the second dose, 2,625 on the last day. A total of 334,751 Marylanders had Johnson & Johnson immunized, 83 in the past day.

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The state has managed 2,166,471 boosters, 5,676 in the last 24 hours.

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/27/covid-19-in-maryland-14-deaths-reported-sunday-as-key-metrics-continue-to-decline/ 14 deaths reported Sunday as key indexes continue to fall – CBS Baltimore

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