Maryland’s COVID-19 Recovery Continues: Health and Economic Update
Statewide Positivity Rate Falls to Record-Low 2.57%, Daily Positivity at 2.63%
Case Rate Drops to 8.1/100K, Lowest Since July 11
Positivity Rate For Marylanders Under 35 Below 3.5% For First Time
Lowest Weekly Unemployment Claims Since March 14

Maryland’s COVID-19 recovery continues as Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the statewide seven-day positivity rate has dropped to a record-low 2.57%, the state’s case rate fell to its lowest level since July 11, and weekly unemployment claims are at their lowest level since March 14.

Seven-Day Positivity Rate Drops to Record-Low 2.57%. Maryland’s seven-day average positivity rate fell to 2.57% today, the lowest level reported since the pandemic began. The daily positivity rate remained steady at 2.63%. The statewide positivity rate has been under 5% since June 25–91 days ago.

Case Rate Continues to Drop. Maryland’s statewide case rate dropped to 8.1/100K today, the lowest the state’s case rate has been since July 11.

Positivity Rate Below 5% In 23 of 24 Jurisdictions, Below 3.5% In 18 Jurisdictions. The positivity rate for 23 of the state’s 24 jurisdictions is below 5%. Only Worcester (6.61%) is above 5% today. 18 of the state’s 24 jurisdictions are reporting positivity rates below 3.5%.

349 Total Current Hospitalizations. Maryland is reporting 349 current COVID hospitalizations—including 268 acute beds and 81 ICU beds.

Positivity Rate Among Marylanders Under 35 Under 3.5% For First Time. The positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 has declined by 49.2% since July 23, to 3.40%. The positivity rate among Marylanders over 35 is 2.08%.

Weekly Unemployment Claims at New Low. The number of weekly unemployment claims fell to 9,185 today, which is the lowest number of weekly claims reported since March 14.

COVID-19 Testing Available Statewide. The State of Maryland has now conducted a total of 2.46 million tests. State officials continue to encourage all Marylanders to get tested for COVID-19. Marylanders can plan to be tested at one of 210 testing sites by visiting COVIDtest.maryland.gov.

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Here are some useful resources for the readers of this blog:

Here is a site to watch for information on Maryland cases: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx

Here is the site to keep an eye on in Howard County for updates: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls

This is a good site to keep up to date with the latest coronavirus updates worldwide:  (Worldometer) https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ or (Johns Hopkins) https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html.

I have a Google spreadsheet for tracking some of the daily Maryland and Howard County numbers and my weekly numbers:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OVZO0oIaEC__KXZ9LwtnhawO1NhdqE78VJ9Hd5LCQ0k/edit?usp=sharing

Scott E

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