Courtesy of the Maryland Department of Health via Twitter
Courtesy of the Maryland Department of Health via Twitter

Maryland surpassed the 5,000 mark in its coronavirus death toll Monday, reporting 61 new virus-related fatalities — the largest daily total since May.

The state also set a new record for coronavirus-related hospitalizations for the fifth time in the past week, The Baltimore Sun reported.

As of Tuesday, Maryland has 239,362 coronavirus cases and 5,039 virus-related deaths, according to state health department statistics.

Of those who died Monday, all but four were 60 or older — an age group that makes up nearly 90 percent of Maryland’s virus-related deaths overall despite being less than 20 percent of the state’s cases.

Gov. Larry Hogan encouraged his constituents to stay vigilant in fighting the coronavirus.

“While many of us have grown numb to the daily statistics, each of these deaths represents somebody’s loved one, and each is a devastating loss for our state,” Hogan said in a statement Tuesday. “Yesterday was a day of great hope as the very first Marylanders were vaccinated for COVID-19, but as it is often said, it’s always darkest before the dawn. The weeks and months ahead may well be the most difficult we have experienced since the beginning of the pandemic. I’m calling on Marylanders to stand in solidarity against this deadly virus.”

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