State re­ports 477 new cases, 6 more fa­tal­i­ties

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Lil­lian Reed

The state con­firmed 477 more cases of the coro­n­avirus Mon­day and six more re­lated deaths.

A total of 67,254 Mary­lan­ders have been in­fected by the virus since it emerged in the state in March and 3,048 have died due to com­pli­ca­tions from the COVID-19 ill­ness it causes.

State of­fi­cials said 447 peo­ple in Mary­land are cur­rently hos­pi­tal­ized for coro­n­avirus — just one more case than Sun­day’s tally, break­ing a month-long streak of de­creases in the num­ber of peo­ple hos­pi­tal­ized. That fig­ure last in­creased May 27. Of­fi­cials say 160 peo­ple are in in­ten­sive care.

The statewide test­ing pos­i­tiv­ity rate is now 4.84%, down slightly from Sun­day. Of­fi­cials say 462,059 peo­ple have tested neg­a­tive for the virus, while the state has con­ducted 644,026 tests.

Gov. Larry Ho­gan has said of­fi­cials are look­ing closely at these met­rics in de­cid­ing when to roll back re­stric­tions put in place to stem the pan­demic. Ho­gan high­lighted Mon­day that eight Mary­land ju­ris­dic­tions have met the goal of test­ing 10% of its pop­u­la­tion.

Of the most pop­u­lous coun­ties, only Anne Arun­del is be­low that mark, at less than 8%, Ho­gan said, adding that the state will ex­pand ap­point­ment-free test­ing at the Glen Burnie ve­hi­cle emis­sions in­spec­tion sta­tion to help boost that met­ric.

Mary­land’s coro­n­avirus met­rics have con­tin­ued to trend down­ward while other states such as Florida, Ge­or­gia and Texas that re­opened more quickly have seen a resur­gence in cases.

“We are see­ing rapidly ris­ing case num­bers in states all across the country. It is vi­tal that Mary­lan­ders re­main vig­i­lant, wear face cov­er­ings, wash their hands and prac­tice phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing so that we can con­tinue on our road to re­cov­ery,” Ho­gan said in a state­ment Mon­day.

The num­ber of con­firmed coro­n­avirus cases around the world sur­passed 10 million Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to data col­lected by Johns Hop­kins. The total num­ber of deaths sur­passed 500,000.

A quar­ter of all con­firmed coro­n­avirus cases world­wide are in the United States.

In Mary­land, some lo­cales are pre­par­ing for an ad­justed July 4 cel­e­bra­tion amid a pan­demic. Ca­tonsville and Tow­son have can­celed Fourth of July fes­tiv­i­ties due to coro­n­avirus con­cerns. And Queen Anne’s County plans to tem­po­rar­ily limit beach at­ten­dance to county res­i­dents only.

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