Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Sunday that Maryland’s statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 3.75%.
The governor said Maryland’s positivity rate is now at an “an all-time low” since the global pandemic began in March.
Anne Arundel, Frederick, and Prince George’s Counties also dropped to record lows, a Sunday news release stated.
The positivity rate in Anne Arundel County dropped to 2.90%—down nearly 90% from its peak on April 16;
- Frederick County’s positivity dropped to 1.33%—down 95.2% from its peak on April 15;
- Prince George’s County rate dropped to 5.53%—still above 5%, but down 87.4% from its peak on May 2.
Maryland’s Hospitalization Rates
- 525 total current hospitalizations (an increase in 10 over the last 24 hours);
- 128 ICU beds in use (an increase in 1 within 24 hours).
“Our mitigation strategies are working,” Hogan said.
But the governor warned, “this is no time to be complacent: it’s important to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice physical distancing.”
Hogan said Sunday that 98% of Maryland’s economy is “now open and able to operate in a safe way.”
Maryland on Testing
- Of the 40,473 tests administered over the last 24 hours, 2.72% returned positive;
- To date, Maryland conducted 1,438,739 coronavirus tests;
- 1,039,345 Marylanders have been tested for COVID-19 (17.2% of Maryland’s total population);
On Friday, Hogan announced that Montgomery County reported a “record-low” number of positive cases at 2.5%.
Worcester County, though, is reporting significant increases in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.
State officials say Maryland’s easternmost county’s positivity rate has risen by more than 93% since July 31.
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan (R) implemented a mandatory mask declaration that applies to Ocean City’s boardwalks and businesses.
The positivity rate among Marylanders under the age of 35 is steadily declining, Hogan says.
The rate dropped to 5.03 as of Sunday.
He warned that “younger people seem to feel bulletproof, but we cannot afford to stop being vigilant and cautious.”
“The positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 has begun to steadily decline, down 25% since July 23,” Hogan’s Sunday release states.
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