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Maryland’s COVID-19 Health Metrics Continue To Trend In Positive Direction

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland’s key COVID-19 health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction, with the statewide positivity rate dropping to a new low of 4.51%, and total current hospitalizations falling to 403. The state reported three new confirmed deaths, the lowest number since March 31.

“As we continue to see encouraging trends in all of our key health metrics, widespread testing across each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions remains a critical component of our long-term recovery,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to congratulate Baltimore County on becoming the 11th jurisdiction to meet the statewide goal of testing 10% of their population. We are pleased to see more county leaders in Maryland doing their part by expanding testing efforts at the local level.”

More than 724,000 COVID-19 Tests, 4.51% Positivity Rate. Maryland has now conducted 724,463 COVID-19 tests, including 10,937 tests over the last 24 hours. The state’s seven-day average positivity rate has dropped to 4.51%—down more than 83% from its peak level on April 17—and the daily positivity rate is 3.36%.

Hospitalizations Fall to 403. Current total COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 403, with 142 ICU beds in use.

Lowest Number of New Cases Since March 22. The state is reporting 272 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, the lowest number since March 22.

Positivity Rate 58% Higher For Marylanders Under 35. In keeping with trends states are seeing across the country, the positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 (6.06%) is 58% higher than the positivity rate for Marylanders age 35 and older (3.83%).

Baltimore County Hits 10% Testing Goal. Baltimore County became the 11th jurisdiction to meet the statewide goal of testing 10% of the population in all 24 jurisdictions. Here is how the state’s most populous jurisdictions rank:

• Baltimore City: 11.6% of population tested
• Prince George’s: 10.2%
• Baltimore Co.: 10.0%
• Montgomery: 9.6%
• Howard: 9.2%
• Anne Arundel: 7.9%

220+ COVID Testing Sites Statewide. Maryland now has more than 220 testing sites available statewide. To further increase convenience and accessibility at COVID-19 testing sites, the Maryland Department of Health and local partners are now providing patients with the ability to schedule their own appointments online at more sites.

• Patients can schedule their own appointments at the Columbia VEIP, Pimlico Race Course, and Baltimore Convention Center testing sites by visiting coronavirus.maryland.gov and clicking on the “Testing” tab.
 
• Although an appointment is strongly encouraged, the Pimlico Race Course and Baltimore Convention Center testing sites will continue to accommodate walk-up patients. No doctor’s order is required at these sites.
 
• Both the Glen Burnie VEIP and Six Flags America theme park now offer no-appointment, drive-thru testing. Both sites operate on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information about testing sites in Maryland, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov and click on the “Testing” tab.

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