Mary­land’s COVID-19 pos­i­tiv­ity rate on the de­cline- Bal­ti­more County meets key test­ing goal

The Dundalk Eagle - - REC COUNCIL NEWS -

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.

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