State passes 1 million cases as key indexes drop – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Maryland passed 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday as hospitalizations and positive conditions continued to dwindle, according to the latest data from the Maryland Department of Health.

Maryland added 672 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 1,000,562 since the pandemic began. A small fraction of those are reinfection cases dating back to September.

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Despite exceeding 1 million cases, Maryland’s case rate has dropped significantly since last month’s peak, and the state has the second-lowest case rate in the nation.

Hospitalizations fell by 21 in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of COVID-19 patients to 459. This marks the smallest number of hospitalizations Maryland has ever seen since August, and an 86% decrease from the previous year. peak of nearly 3,500 patients last month.

The seven-day positivity rate for COVID-19 dropped to 2.78%, down 0.09% from Thursday and down 90% from the previous month’s high.

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.

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.

The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to rescind its masking mandate for public schools, in order to delegate the power to local school districts. Final comments will come from a Maryland General Assembly panel, which is expected to vote on Friday.

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.

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The statewide death toll is now 13,828, up 15 since Thursday.

Earlier this month, Maryland exited a 30-day state of emergency as a surge in hospitalizations forced many hospitals to increase capacity.

However, healthcare leaders say hospitals still face nursing shortages.

Of Maryland’s COVID-19 patients, 360 adults are in acute care and 83 adults are in intensive care. Ten children are in acute care and six are in the ICU.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 95% of Maryland’s adult population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 90.1% of Marylanders age 5 and older have received it.

There are 4,477,116 Marylanders fully immunized against COVID-19.

Maryland administered 11,336,084 million doses of the vaccine.

In which, 4,703,630 first dose, 2,134 doses in the last 24 hours. Another 4,142,570 doses were the second dose, 2,837 on the last day. A total of 334,546 Marylanders had Johnson & Johnson immunized, 74 in the past day.

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The state has managed 2,155,337 boosters, 3,857 in the last 24 hours. State passes 1 million cases as key indexes drop – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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