By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher

Maryland- At the April 8, 2020, 10 a.m. update on the Maryland State Department of Health website, Maryland sees a jump of 1,158 new cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,529 positive cases, also with a jump of 5,677 negative cases for a total of 32,933. The jump in positive cases is the most in a single day since the first cases were identified in early March.

Over the past 24 hours, Maryland has seen 104 more hospitalizations for a total of 1210 overall. In that time, 365 have been released from isolation, with 77 coming in the last 24 hours. That leaves 845 patients still in Maryland Hospitals under isolation.

In a tweet earlier this morning, Governor Hogan said,” Today’s numbers reflect a tripling of the tests reported since yesterday. We are seeing commercial labs begin to clear their backlog of tests. More than 30% of the new cases reported today are for testing that was completed in March.”

“An increase in new infections is just one of the reasons for today’s significant jump in new cases. This is also due to our ongoing efforts to ramp up testing in Maryland, with more private labs coming onboard and the expansion of commercial lab capacity,” Hogan continued.

In Southern Maryland, Charles County is now at 164 positive cases, a jump of 28 since yesterday, while Calvert added seven more for a total of 65. St. Mary’s County added four more cases for a total of 72. We do not have a total of how many negative tests have come out of Southern Maryland Counties, as the Health Departments do not keep track of individuals counties tallies.

Overall Southern Maryland has seen four deaths, two in Calvert and Charles each. St. Mary’s County has not recorded any coronavirus related deaths yet. In the state of Maryland, there have been 124 deaths, twenty-one coming in the last 24 hours.

In Prince George’s County, they now stand at 1,310 cases, up from 1,020 cases yesterday, and now have thirty-two deaths. Anne Arundel County has 466 positive cases, up from 370 cases, with a total of eleven deaths.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...