BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Doctors, nurses and paramedics in the state are moving toward the two-year anniversary of the fight against COVID-19, the Maryland Hospital Association said Monday.
Three Montgomery County residents — a couple in their 70s and another woman in their 50s — became the first Marylanders to test positive for the virus on March 4, 2020.
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Officials said at the time the patients returned from international travel on February 20 and the state learned about it on March 3.
In the time since, 13,859 deaths have been attributed to the virus, and the state health department has confirmed 1,002,279 cases.
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Bob Atlas, president and CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association, said paramedics have saved nearly 58,000 lives during the pandemic.
Atlas said: “We continue to be inspired by the strength, perseverance and compassion of our hospital staff. “After 730 days fighting COVID-19, they have cared for Maryland through the waves and are still working 24/7 to keep everyone safe. They are real heroes.”
More than 71,000 Marylanders have been hospitalized with the virus, Atlas said, with patient numbers peaking last month during a spike in the Omicron variant. Fifteen hospitals, or a third of the state’s acute care hospitals, have moved to crisis care standards.
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Atlas said: “We remain grateful for the dedication and skill of our hospital heroes for all that they continue to do throughout this healthcare crisis.
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