Maryland April 8, 2020- The first Coronavirus (COVID-19) positive results were announced in Maryland on March 5, 2020; three individuals living in Montgomery County.
Since then Governor Larry Hogan has enacted a series of Executive Orders to combat the virus and ” Flatten the Curve”. Eventually these orders lead to a “Stay at Home” order and the closing of many businesses, entertainment venues, and schools.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Governor Hogan announced he had pleaded with top U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence, to make Maryland a “high-priority” and listed Baltimore City and eleven counties as potential emerging hotspots.
As of April 8, 2020, the State of Maryland recorded 5,529 positive cases, 32,933 negative cases, 124 deaths and 365 that had been released from isolation. The 1,158 new cases announced Wednesday was the largest single-day jump during the entire pandemic. Governor Hogan noted in a tweet that 30% of the new tests were from backlogged March tests that were finally cleared.
With the new numbers from the state, we can see that the 124 deaths reported equal 2.2% of the total positive cases reported. The total number of hospitalizations(1,210) equal 21.9% of the 5,529 total cases. The recovery rate as of today is 16%. This number and the death percentage will fluctuate over the next few weeks as more recover, and unfortunately, some die.
Overall, the recovery rate in the USA is 15%, with a death rate of 3.2%.
We see the state numbers updated on the Maryland Department of Health Website each day during the 10 a.m. hour, and individual counties have varying degrees of information available.
But what do the numbers mean for Southern Maryland and the surrounding counties of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties.?
In St. Mary’s County there is a population of 105,151 people(2019), and the St. Mary’s County Health Department(SMCHD) is reporting a total of 418 tests taken, with 346 negative and 72 positives. Of the positive results, eighteen were hospitalized in St. Mary’s while three residents were hospitalized in another Maryland hospital. The SMCHD is reporting that the positive test results were 43 men and 29 women. St. Mary’s County has not reported any deaths as of 4/8/2020.
Charles County(159,700 pop.) was listed by Governor Hogan as an emerging hotspot, and they are reporting 164 positive cases. At this time Charles County is not reporting any breakdown of negative tests vs. positive tests. Charles County reports two(2) deaths as a result of the virus.
Calvert County(91,502 pop.) was another county listed as an emerging hotspot and has reported 65 positive COVID-19 tests. Calvert also has reported two(2) deaths as a result of the virus. Calvert County has not supplied any other data on their Health Department website.
In Prince George’s County(912,756 pop.); the hardest hit in the state with 1,310 positive cases and thirty-two dead. PG County does not show any data on their county website.
Anne Arundel County(573,236 pop.) has the 5th most cases in the state at 466 and eleven(11) deaths. Anne Arundel cases center around Glen Burnie(21), Severn(24), Annapolis(39), Laurel(24) and Pasadena(42). Below Shady side, an area some consider to be Southern Maryland; there are only six total cases between eight towns.
Over the next week or so we will see the positive AND negative cases rise as the testing facilities clear their backlogs. The recovery and death rates will fluctuate each day until the curve plateaus and is under control. It may even take several more months before we can begin to see the real recovery and death rates.
In the meantime, follow the Governor’s Stay at Home order as much as possible, leaving only if you are an essential worker, or need essential items. Social distancing is showing signs that it has slowed the spread as experts have revised their impact numbers twice this week; lowering it each time.
We will get through this, we will be changed, and maybe life won’t be them same. But we will get through this together.
Editor’s Note: The data presented in the article is valid as of April 9, 2020, @ 5 am. This article will be updated at times and republished to reflect new information. The Maryland State Department of Health updates it’s COVID-19 numbers at 10 a.m. daily.