Maryland’s daily toll of new coronavirus cases jumped by nearly 300 Wednesday, hitting its highest mark in more than four months.

The state reported 1,374 new cases Wednesday, up from 1,078 the previous day, according to state health department data. Wednesday’s total was the largest since April 17, when 1,500 new cases were logged.

Ten virus-related deaths were reported, bringing the state toll to 9,801 since the start of the pandemic last year. Hospitalizations grew by 30 to 774 — 179 of whom are in intensive care.

The state’s seven-day average positivity rate was 4.99% on Wednesday. That number has hovered around 5% since mid-August, increasing steadily since the end of June, when it fell as low as 0.45%.

However, Maryland’s rate is still among the nation’s best, and well below the current U.S. average of 10.1%.

As of Wednesday, the state has fully vaccinated roughly 3.7 million of its residents, or about 60% of the total population, according to a health department dashboard.

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