BALTIMORE (WJZ) – With COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland setting a new record of more than 2,000 on Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan urged people to get vaccinated and get booster shots.
“Our statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations have now reached a record and surpassed 2,000 – an increase driven primarily by unvaccinated patients. It cannot be emphasized enough that vaccinations and health promotion are your strongest possible defenses against this virus and its variants,” said Governor Hogan.
The latest data from the state Department of Health shows the number of hospitalizations reaching 2,046 people, an increase of 220 patients in the past 24 hours. This is higher than the state’s previous high of 1,940 hospitalizations, recorded in January 2020.
Of those hospitalized, 1,657 adults were in adult care and 367 were in intensive care. There are 15 children in acute care and another 7 in the ICU.
Some hospitals, including Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and UMD Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Annapolis, switched to crisis protocols this week, citing the explosion in the number of COVID-19 patients they are treating.
Health experts say the increase is being driven by the unvaccinated, accounting for about three-quarters of COVID-19 patients. The rest is described as Vaccinated people are at high risk either due to age or existing conditions.
In the first day of this month, Hospitals across the state have been instructed to free up beds and suspend non-emergency procedures once the number of hospitalizations crossed the 1,500 mark. The The state also established a mutation operation center to help manage hospital bed capacity, and commit $100 million to help ramp up staffing at hospitals and nursing homes.
“In accordance with state health directives, hospitals are required to implement pandemic plans to suspend elective surgeries and manage their patient investigations,” the governor said in part. “Whatever resources the hospital system requires, we provide.”
The health department reported 30 new deaths Wednesday, bringing the total to 11,467 Marylanders who have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Cases rose by 10,873 to 686,237, while the percentage of people who tested positive in Maryland went up to 19.31%, up 1.73% in the past 24 hours.
The increase in positive tests comes as Maryland has ramped up its testing efforts.
In the first day of this month, state expands testing at Annapolis and Prince George County locations to six days a week, and Hogan activated the Maryland National Guard to support those operations.
The governor said he has “directed state health officials to take whatever steps are necessary to purchase more rapid home testing kits,” and he continued to urge the federal government to do everything possible. in its capacity to provide test kits.
There are 4,251,352 Marylanders fully immunized against COVID-19 and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 91.7% of adults in the state have had at least one dose.
The state administered 10,281,759 doses of the vaccine. Of those, 4,462,725 were the first dose, 7,416 in the last 24 hours. Another 3,928,492 was the second dose, 4,406 on the last day. The state has given out 1,563,480 booster doses, 23,297 in the past day.
A total of 327,062 Marylanders received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 156 in the last 24 hours.
While Hogan has said he does not anticipate enacting any new restrictions, local governments including Baltimore & Howard counties have enacted indoor mask regulations to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Once again, the governor reiterated that the best way for Marylanders to protect themselves and their loved ones is with vaccinations and booster shots.
“The booster shots provide the strongest protection against the highly infectious variant of Omicron,” says Hogan. “The single most important thing the Marylanders can do is get promoted right now.”
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By age and sex
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|Unknown gender||910||(0)||0 *|
By race and ethnicity
|Race / Ethnicity||Cases||Deaths|
|African Americans (NH)||224,660||(3,967)||eighty six *|
|Asia (NH)||17,573||(360)||11 *|
|White (NH)||266.192||(5,988)||119 *|
|Other (NH)||31.413||(123)||first *|
|Data does not exist||56.829||(123)||0 *|
|Anne Arundel||63.498||(813)||15 *|
|City of Baltimore||78.116||(1,394)||28 *|
|Frederick||29,990 won||(407)||ten *|
|Prince George’s||121.402||(1,738)||43 *|
|Queen Anne’s||5.075||(82)||first *|
|St. Mary’s||11,795||(178)||first *|
|Talbot||3.653||(sixty four)||0 *|
|Data does not exist||339||(127)||0 *|
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/29/maryland-covid-19-record-2000-hospitalizations/ Hogan urges vaccination as Maryland records 2,046 COVID-19 hospitalizations – CBS Baltimore