Maryland reported 1,714 new coronavirus cases Wednesday — the eighth straight day the total has surpassed the 1,000 mark as the state grapples with a recent surge.

The state also reported 16 new deaths, its highest daily total since late July, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Wednesday’s case numbers are the third-highest single day total so far during the pandemic, The Sun reported.

Hospitalizations, which have increased markedly recently, were up 44 from Tuesday to 805, but still significantly below the state’s pandemic high of more than 1,700 in late April.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced tougher virus-related regulations on restaurants Tuesday amid the uptick, along with a new travel advisory for states with high rates of infection.

“COVID-19 has returned to our state in a big way, and we must fight back with every tool at our disposal,” Hogan tweeted Wednesday morning. “We are constantly monitoring all of our key metrics and will take additional actions if the situation continues to deteriorate.”

As of Wednesday, Maryland has 158,423 coronavirus cases and 4,100 related deaths, according to state health department statistics.

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