BALTIMORE (WJZ) – As Maryland faces an increasing number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, the percentage of residents testing positive is approaching 30%, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Health.
Data released Thursday showed 3,172 Marylanders hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 54 patients since Wednesday. Infections increased by 12,735, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 788,965 since the pandemic began. At least 11,809 residents have died from COVID-19 after the state recorded 54 new deaths.
The statewide positivity rate rose to 29.98%, up 1.42% over the past 24 hours.
The increased readings come as Maryland is in the midst of a state of emergency enacted by Governor Larry Hogan, while health officials and leaders take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep it at bay. for hospitals not to be overwhelmed.
On Wednesday, Hogan attributed the increase in cases to the highly infectious variant of Omicron, which he said was “now clearly the predominant variant among the laboratory-confirmed cases.” of our state confirmed”.
The governor said the University of Maryland genome sequencing showed that 88% of recent samples tested positive for Omicron, with that number rising to 91% among samples taken from imported patients. institute.
In recent weeks, the state has ramped up its testing in an effort to meet public demand. That includes the opening of 20 new test sites across the state that will be staffed by the Maryland National Guard.
Hospitals across the state have been freeing up beds and scaling back non-emergency processes, with some shifting to crisis care standards, in response to the COVID-19 surge.
Hogan issued an executive order Tuesday empowering the Department of Health to regulate hospital capacity and resources, and allow retired, out-of-state and graduate nurses to practice there. The second order is aimed at enhancing the EMS response.
Of those hospitalized, 2,626 were adults in acute care and 501 were adults in intensive care, state health department data showed. There are 33 children in acute care and another 12 in the ICU.
There are 4,278,718 fully vaccinated Marylanders, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 92.3% of adults in the state have had at least one dose.
The state administered 10,449,952 doses of this vaccine. In which, 4,500,793 the first dose, 6,489 doses in the last 24 hours. Another 3,950,438 doses were the second dose, 4,263 doses on the last day. The state administered 1,670.441 booster doses, 17,830 doses in the last 24 hours.
A total of 328,280 Marylanders received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 155 in the last 24 hours.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/01/06/covid-19-in-maryland-positivity-rate-nears-30/ Positive Rate Nears 30% – CBS Baltimore