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Maryland COVID Hospitalizations Below 100 For First Time

Maryland’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations on Friday continued its steady drop in the wake of the state lifting its coronavirus restrictions, falling below 100 for the first time since the pandemic began last year.

The state reported 97 current hospitalizations, down seven from the previous day, with 31 of those in intensive care.

For context, the state logged 108 hospitalizations on March 26, 2020, the first day it began keeping track of the total. But the toll more than quadrupled in a week, reached nearly 2,000 at the pandemic’s peak in January and didn’t fall below 280 until early last month.

The state’s positivity rate stands at 0.57%, well below the recommended mark of 5%.

The state reported 85 new coronavirus cases and two related deaths on Friday, one day after Gov. Larry Hogan officially ended the COVID-19 state of emergency. Since the start of the pandemic, Maryland has recorded more than 462,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 9,529 virus-related deaths.

As of Friday, roughly 75% of all adult Marylanders have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with more than 3.4 million now fully vaccinated, according to state data.

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