BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland continues to decline, with the number of patients now at 548, according to data released by the Maryland Department of Health on Sunday.
The number of hospitalized patients has decreased by 10 in the past 24 hours. In an uptick from the Omicron variant last month, the number peaked at 3,462 patients.
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Of those currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maryland, 434 are adults in acute care and 106 are adults in intensive care. Six children are in acute care and two are in the ICU.
The positivity rate increased 0.26% to 3.41%, but was still down from last month’s high when the positivity rate was just below the 30% mark.
As Maryland’s key health indicators continue to show signs of improvement, state and local officials have Start taking safety measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Larry Hogan announced Monday that Masks will no longer be required in state buildings early next week. Mask requirements are also being abolished for government buildings in Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore counties.
On Wednesday night, the Anne Arundel . County Board of Education voted 8–0 to remove the masking mandate from its public schools.
Maryland added 1,089 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. On Wednesday, the state added 24,800 recounts since September to the tally. The total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to date is 998,136.
A total of 13,741 Marylanders have died since the start of the pandemic, following an increase of fourteen deaths according to the state’s final report on Friday.
Earlier this month, Maryland emerged from a A 30-day state of emergency issued by Hogan in response to the surge in COVID-19 that has pushed hospitals to capacity levels. Not yet Healthcare leaders say hospitals still face nursing shortages.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 95% of Maryland’s adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. When including residents between the ages of 5 and 17, 89.9% of the population had at least one injection.
Due to the upcoming federal holiday, the state has not released updated vaccine counts but plans to resume operations on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
State officials are still encouraging Marylanders to step up, even launched a $2 million lottery as an incentive for people to get their incentives.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/20/covid-19-in-maryland-hospitalizations-decline-as-positivity-rate-increases/ Hospitalizations decrease as susceptibility rates increase – CBS Baltimore