BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland is below 400 patients for the first time since August, according to the latest data from the Maryland Department of Health.
There were 20 fewer patients hospitalized with COVID-19, bringing the number of hospitalizations to 398. The last hospitalization below 400 patients was August 7, when there were 374 cases.
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Of Maryland’s COVID-19 patients, 325 are adults in acute care and 63 are adults in intensive care. Five children are in acute care and five are in the ICU.
Maryland added 389 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 1,002,279 cases since the pandemic began. A small fraction of those are reinfection cases dating back to September.
The seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 dropped to 2.25%, down 0.11% from Saturday and down more than 90% from the previous month’s high.
The statewide death toll is now 13,859, an increase of three since Sunday.
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.
The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to rescind its masking mandate for public schools, in order to delegate this authority to local school districts – a decision that was approved by a panel approved by the Maryland General Assembly.
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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.
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.
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 4,484,723 Marylanders fully immunized against COVID-19.
Maryland administered 11,364,398 million doses of this vaccine.
Of which, 4,710,149 is the first dose, 1,249 in the last 24 hours. Another 4,149,939 dose was the second dose, 1,624 on the last day. A total of 334,784 Marylanders received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 33 in the past day.
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The state has managed 2,169,526 boosters, 3,055 in the last 24 hours.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/28/covid-19-in-maryland-hospitalizations-dip-below-400-patients/ Hospital admissions fall below 400 – CBS Baltimore