News Release, Office of Governor Larry Hogan
Daily Positivity Rate Drops to 3.92%, State’s Testing Capacity Up 78% In Last 30 Days
State Officials Continue to Monitor Increase in Hospitalizations, Stress Safer At Home Guidance
More Than 58% of New Cases Are Marylanders Under 40
Positivity Rate Declines in Key Jurisdictions, Montgomery and Prince George’s Hit Record Lows
State Officials Advise Marylanders to Use State-Operated Testing Sites for Faster Turnaround Times
ANNAPOLIS, MD—The State of Maryland is reporting a record 34,874 COVID-19 tests today, and a drop in the statewide positivity rate to 4.48% as statewide testing has increased 78% in the past month. The daily positivity rate also dropped today to 3.92%, and the positivity rate declined in each of the state’s most populous jurisdictions. State officials continue to monitor an increase in hospitalizations, and stress Safer At Home guidance to Marylanders.
“I want to remind the people of Maryland that this crisis is not behind us, and your actions may help determine whether we see a resurgence of the virus here in Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “Marylanders should continue practicing physical distancing, staying six feet apart whenever possible, and all Marylanders—especially our young people—should continue avoiding all large gatherings. Everyone needs to continue wearing masks in public areas, businesses, and on public transportation. This alone would help us significantly slow the spread of this virus.”
Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 4.48%. The state’s seven-day average positivity rate has dropped to 4.48%, and has now been under 5% for one month. The daily positivity rate also dropped to 3.92%.
Total Current Hospitalizations Are 545. There are 545 current total COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 157 ICU beds in use. State officials are continuing to monitor the increase in hospitalizations statewide.
More Than 58% of New Cases are Marylander Under 40. 58.3% of today’s new cases are Marylanders under the age of 40. The positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 (6.65%) is now 92.8% higher than the positivity rate for Marylanders age 35 and older (3.45%)—the largest gap to date between younger and older Marylanders.
Positivity Rate Declines in Key Jurisdictions. Anne Arundel (4.13%), Baltimore City (5.64%), Baltimore County (5.94%), Howard (4.05%), Montgomery (3.22%), and Prince George’s (5.83%) all saw declines in their positivity rates today. Montgomery and Prince George’s are at their lowest levels on record.
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.