Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate on the decline- Baltimore County meets key testing goal
key COVID-19 health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction, with the statewide positivity rate dropping to a new low of 4.51%, and total current hospitalizations falling to 403. The state reported three new confirmed deaths, the lowest number since March 31. said Governor Hogan.
“I want to congratulate Baltimore County on becoming the 11th jurisdiction to meet the statewide goal of testing 10% of their population. We are pleased to see more county leaders in Maryland doing their part by expanding testing efforts at the local level.”
Maryland has now conducted 724,463 COVID-19 tests, including 10,937 tests over the last 24 hours ( as of Monday, July 6). The state’s seven-day average positivity rate has dropped to 4.51%— down more than 83% from its peak level on April 17—and the daily positivity rate is 3.36%.
Current total COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 403, with 142 ICU beds in use.
The state is reporting 272 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, the lowest number since March 22.
In keeping with trends states are seeing across the countr y, the positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 (6.06%) is 58% higher than the positivity rate for Marylanders age 35 and older (3.83%).
Here is how the state’s most populous jurisdictions rank:
Baltimore City: 11.6% of population tested Prince George’s: 10.2% Baltimore Co.: 10.0% Montgomery: 9.6% Howard: 9.2%
Anne Arundel: 7.9% 220+ COVID Testing Sites Statewide. Maryland now has more than 220 testing sites available statewide. To further increase convenience and accessibility at COVID-19 testing sites, the Maryland Department of Health and local partners are now providing patients with the ability to schedule their own appointments online at more sites.
Patients can schedule their own appointments at the Columbia VEIP, Pimlico
Race Course, and Baltimore Convention Center testing sites by visiting coronavirus. maryland.gov and clicking on the “Testing” tab.
Although an appointment is strongly encouraged, the Pimlico Race Course and Baltimore Convention Center testing sites will continue to accommodate walk-up patients. No doctor’s order is required at these sites.
Both the Glen Burnie VEIP and Six Flags America theme park now offer no-appointment, drive-thru testing. Both sites operate on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information about testing sites in Maryland, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov and click on the “Testing” tab.