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UPMC Western MD Official Says Hospital Prepared for Delta Spike

August 4th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Maryland's COVID-19 numbers are rising as the delta variant becomes a greater concern. The State Health Department reports total COVID related hospitalizations in Maryland is nearing 300, the highest in two months. The seven-day positivity rate is at 3.23%, the highest in nearly three months. The health department reported, as of last week Maryland detected 266 delta variant cases. As for vaccines, the state health department reports close to 78% of adults have received at least one dose, nearly 3.6-million people are fully vaccinated. The vaccination numbers for Allegany County continue to lag significantly behind the state numbers. Despite those trends, Dr Matthew Simmons, vice president of Medical Affairs  UPMC Western Maryland, tells WCBC News that the local hospital system is fully prepared…