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Maryland’s Key COVID-19 Health Metrics Continue to Decline

July 17th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that, unlike many states across the nation, Maryland’s key COVID-19 health metrics continue to decline or plateau. The statewide seven-day positivity rate dropped to 4.43% and the daily positivity rate dropped to 3.43%. Maryland has now conducted nearly 900,000 COVID-19 tests, including a record 24,171 over the last 24 hours. 

Nearly 900,000 COVID-19 Tests, 11.7% of Population Tested. In total, Maryland has now conducted 896,990 COVID-19 tests, including a record 24,171 tests over the last 24 hours. 708,216 Marylanders have now been tested for COVID-19—representing 11.7% of the state’s population.

Positivity Rate Drops to 4.43%. The state’s seven-day average positivity rate has dropped to 4.43%—down nearly 84% from its peak on April 17—and the daily positivity rate is 3.43%.

Total Current Hospitalizations Are 434. There are 434 current total COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 128 ICU beds in use.

16 of 24 Jurisdictions Have Met 10% Testing Goal. 16 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions have now met the state’s goal of testing 10% of their populations. 

Positivity Rate Higher For Marylanders Under 35. In keeping with trends states are seeing across the country, the positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 (6.45%) is 85.3% higher than the positivity rate for Marylanders age 35 and older (3.48%).

220+ COVID Testing Sites Statewide. To further increase convenience and accessibility at COVID-19 testing sites, the Maryland Department of Health and local partners are providing patients with the ability to schedule their own appointments online at more sites. For more information about testing sites in Maryland, visit covidtest.maryland.gov.

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