Maryland added nearly 1,700 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and 36 deaths.
The state’s 7-day positivity rate is 6.84%, a decrease of 0.37 percentage points. The positivity rate was last below 7% on Nov. 29.
Key points for today
• Kent County COVID-19 cases increased by 6 to 1,013, according to the county health department.
• The county’s 7-day average positivity rate is 6.77%.
• The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland is now at 343,138, an increase of 1,686 in the last 24 hours.
• In the last 24 hours, 36 people died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 6,726.
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.
* 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 1 over the last 24 hours.
• There currently are 1,669 people hospitalized — 1,274 in acute care and 395 in intensive care.
• Of the 34,734 test results received yesterday, 6.11% were positive.
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• A total of 6,758,236 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 2,788,018 people have tested negative.
• Of the state’s 343,138 cases, 31,188 patients have ever been hospitalized for treatment; 9,476 have been released from isolation.