374 Hospitalized as positivity rate drops to about 2% – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Fewer than 400 Marylanders are hospitalized with COVID-19 as hospitalizations and the statewide positivity rate continue to dwindle, according to data released Wednesday by the Maryland Department of Health.

Hospital admissions fell by 17 since Tuesday, bringing the number of hospital admissions to 374. Of these patients, 300 are adults in acute care and another 66 in intensive care. Five others are children in acute care and three children in intensive care.

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The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has fallen by nearly 90% from a peak of nearly 3,500 in January.

Maryland added 405 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 1,003,039 since the pandemic began. A small proportion of these are cases of reinfection dating back to September.

The 7-day positivity rate for COVID-19 has fallen to 2.06%, down 0.13% and down 93% from January’s peak of nearly 30%.

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The nationwide death toll now stands at 13,883, up from 11 since Tuesday.

As Maryland’s health metrics have improved significantly in recent weeks, state and local officials have begun rolling back safety measures put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to remove its public school mask mandate and leave it to local school districts — a decision approved by a panel of the Maryland General Assembly.

The state continues to encourage residents to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, even offering a $2 million lottery as an incentive for booster shots.

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Maryland has administered 11,377,591 doses of the vaccine and 4,488,194 Marylanders are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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