New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in St. Mary’s and Calvert; Montgomery County Has Over 100

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LEXINGTON PARK, Md. — As of Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., the Maryland Department of Health(MDH) is showing a total of 349 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus(COVID-19) across the state of Maryland, which brings Montgomery County’s total to 107 confirmed cases. This is the first county to surpass 100 confirmed cases. However, in addition to this, St. Mary’s County and Calvert County are both confirming new cases in residents. This new total means there are 61 newly confirmed cases in Maryland during the past 24 hours. is currently working to obtain more details in regards to demographic information and if there has been any potential risk to the community in Calvert County. The St. Mary's County Health Department confirmed that both a man and woman in their twenties are newly confirmed, contradicting what MDH is presenting. Though they have not yet determined how the man contracted it, the woman is believed to have contracted it through domestic travel. 

These new cases all come after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan[R] opted to close all non-essential businesses in the state yesterday afternoon.

“We are telling all Marylanders to follow all of the directives and to follow the state law against crowds of more than ten people,” said Gov. Larry Hogan said in a press release on Mar. 23. “And we are telling you, unless you have an essential reason to leave your house, stay in your home. Today’s actions of closing non-essential businesses are absolutely necessary to protect the health of Marylanders and to save lives.”

At this time, there are 10 officially confirmed cases in the Southern Maryland region by MDH. 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 63 official cases and Montgomery recorded 14 new cases overnight. Anne Arundel County has also confirmed four new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing their official total to 24.

Charles County saw no officially confirmed increase and remain at a total of five. Calvert County has confirmed one more new case, bringing their total to three. St. Mary’s County’s new confirmation brings their total to two.

On Mar. 23, the total number of confirmed cases in Maryland was 288. As of Mar. 22, that number is 349. This shows over a 21% increase across the state in 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 : 4 cases
18-64 : 283 cases
65+ : 62 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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