Maryland reported two new coronavirus-related deaths Monday, though the low positivity rate held firm as the state gradually adds more fully vaccinated residents.

The two deaths put the state’s overall toll at 9,522, according to health department data. However, the daily rate has dropped markedly from the pandemic’s peak last winter, when the state was recording between 30-50 deaths a day while its vaccination efforts got into gear.

Maryland’s daily positivity rate, or the percentage of confirmed cases among those tested, stayed steady Monday from the previous day at 0.57% — well below the generally accepted rate of 5%.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced last week that Maryland’s case rate is now below 1 per 100,000, putting the state in the federally-designated “green zone.” South Dakota and Vermont are the only other states to reach that level.

So far, 74.4% of Marylanders 18 and older have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with 3.4 million of all residents now fully vaccinated, according to state health department data.

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