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Maryland COVID Hospitalizations Drop Below 500

May 23rd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the State of Maryland have dropped below 500 for the first time since October 27, 2020. Hospitalizations have declined by 62% over the last month.

In addition, the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate fell to another new low of 2.04%, and is down 65% since April 14. The state’s rate of cases per 100K—5.7—is down 76% since April 14. COVID-19 hospitalizations are at 490, including 134 ICU patients. 

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