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Statewide COVID-19 Positivity Rate Declines, Maryland Officials Continue To Stress Safer At Home Guidance

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The State of Maryland is reporting a drop in the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate today to 4.47%, and a drop in the daily positivity rate to 3.77%, as well as a slight decrease in total hospitalizations. Maryland has now tested 13.9% of the state’s population.

Maryland officials continue to advise residents to heed all state and local public health guidance: wear masks or face coverings, telework when possible, avoid public transportation unless it is absolutely necessary, practice physical distancing, and avoid all large gatherings. All Marylanders are still safer at home, particularly older and more vulnerable populations.

Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 4.47%, Daily Positivity Rate Drops to 3.77%. The state’s seven-day average positivity rate has dropped to 4.47%, and has been below 5% since June 25. The daily positivity rate fell for the third consecutive day, to 3.77%.

Nearly 1.1 Million COVID-19 Tests, 13.9% of Population Tested. In total, Maryland has now conducted 1,097,361 COVID-19 tests, including 22,045 tests over the last 24 hours. 838,572 Marylanders have now been tested for COVID-19—representing 13.9% of the state’s population. Maryland’s 7-day testing average has increased by more than 220 percent over the last month.

Total Current Hospitalizations Are 540. There are 540 total current COVID-19 hospitalizations—a decrease of five—with 153 ICU beds in use. State officials are continuing to closely monitor the recent uptick in hospitalizations.

Nearly 60% of New Cases are Marylander Under 40. 59.3% of today’s new cases are Marylanders under the age of 40. The positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 (6.61%) is now 91.6% higher than the positivity rate for Marylanders age 35 and older (3.45%).

210+ Testing Sites; Use State-Operated Testing Sites For Faster Turnaround Time. To further increase convenience and accessibility at COVID-19 testing sites, the Maryland Department of Health and local partners are providing patients with the ability to schedule their own appointments online at more sites. State officials strongly advise Marylanders concerned about delays in testing turnaround time to use state-operated testing sites, where the turnaround time is generally as low as 24-48 hours. For more information about testing sites in Maryland, visit covidtest.maryland.gov.

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