Maryland added nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest one-day increase since the pandemic began. The state has had more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases daily for 16 straight days.
The 7-day positivity rate topped 7% for the first time since June 10. That rate has topped 5% for 11 consecutive days and has topped 6% for six days in a row.
The number of patients currently hospitalized topped 1,000 for the third straight day. There are nearly 1,200 hospitalized patients, the highest total since May 30.
• Key points for today
• Kent County COVID-19 cases increased by 10 to 387, according to the county health department.
• The county’s 7-day average positivity rate is 2.88%.
• The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland is now at 174,733, an increase of 2,910 in the last 24 hours.
• In the last 24 hours, 19 people died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 4,220.
The Spy obtains information for this chart between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Statewide data is updated about 10 a.m. each day; counties may update data throughout the day until 5 p.m. Johns Hopkins updates its data throughout the day.
* Maryland and Cecil County report the total released from isolation.
** For Kent County deaths, The Spy reports its own tally based on the number of state-reported deaths within Kent County facilities and the number of non-facility deaths. For Queen Anne’s County deaths, The Spy reports the total deaths listed on the county’s website. There are discrepancies among state and county statistics concerning total deaths and facility deaths.
• The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients increased by 48 over the last 24 hours.
• There currently are 1,192 people hospitalized — 932 in acute care and 260 in intensive care.
• Of the 43,969 test results received Nov. 18, the positivity rate was 7.91%; the 7-day positivity rate was 7.19%.
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• A total of 3,998,070 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Maryland; this number does not represent the total number of patients tested as some patients have been tested multiple times. The state reports 1,994,775 people have tested negative.
• Of the state’s 174,733 cases, 19,134 patients have ever been hospitalized for treatment; 8,441 have been released from isolation.
The graph below shows the average positivity rate for the five Mid-Shore counties.