Maryland Confirms 54 New COVID-19 Cases Overnight and One More Death


LEXINGTON PARK, Md. — As of Sunday morning at approximately 10 a.m., the Maryland Department of Health is confirming a total of 244 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus(COVID-19) across the state of Maryland, which finally recognizes the first case of a resident in St. Mary’s County. That is 54 newly confirmed cases in the past 24 hours.

On the evening of Mar. 21, Maryland Department of Health also confirmed Maryland’s third death caused by COVID-19. The woman was a Montgomery County resident in her 40s who suffered from underlying medical conditions.

“As the number of positive cases in Maryland continues to dramatically rise, we need everyone to take this seriously,” Gov. Larry Hogan[R] said in a press release on March 20, following the second announced death in his jurisdiction. “This is a public health crisis like nothing we have ever faced before—we are all in this together, and we will get through this together.”

At this time, there are just eight officially confirmed cases in the Southern Maryland region. A majority of the positive cases across the state are still found in Montgomery County and Prince George's County. Since yesterday, PG County has confirmed a total of 40 official cases and Montgomery has recorded 15 new cases overnight, bringing their total to 83 cases.  Anne Arundel County has also confirmed three new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing their official total to 18.

Charles County saw a slight increase in officially confirmed cases from four to five. Calvert County confirmed this morning before the release of data that a second case has been confirmed in their county.

“This person did not have any travel outside of the Southern Maryland region over the past month, reinforcing the potential that anyone can become infected through routine contact within our state,” the Calvert Health Department said in a release. “Within 1 hour of being notified of the diagnosis, the Calvert Health Department staff was able to reach each individual who could have been potentially exposed to coronavirus by this individual.”

On Mar. 21, the total number of confirmed cases in Maryland was 190. As of Mar. 22, that number is 244. This shows over a 28.4% increase over the past 24 hours.

The Maryland Department of Health is confirming the following demographic breakdown of the cases, showing that the largest group to be impacted is adults under 65 years of age:

Under 18 : 3 cases
18-64 : 200 cases
65+ : 41 cases

This is an ongoing story that we will update with any new information regarding officially confirmed cases in Southern Maryland.

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