Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (center) signs emergency legislation to combat the coronavirus in Annapolis on March 19. Alongside Hogan are Senate President Bill Ferguson (left) and House Speaker Adrienne Jones. (Courtesy of the governor's office)
**FILE** Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (center) signs emergency legislation to combat the coronavirus in Annapolis on March 19. Alongside Hogan are Senate President Bill Ferguson (left) and House Speaker Adrienne Jones. (Courtesy of the governor's office)

Maryland’s rate for positive coronavirus tests dropped below 4% for the first time, state health officials reported Friday.

The state’s seven-day average for the percentage of positive tests is 3.9%, the lowest since the pandemic began, WTOP reported.

The daily rate of 3.23% is down from 3.83% the previous day.

The reduced rates come in the wake of Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement last week that masks now must be worn inside all gyms, casinos, restaurants, bars and office buildings. The state order has already been in effect at grocery stores and for public transit.

In addition, masks must be worn in outdoor public areas when social distancing isn’t possible.

Hogan also placed an advisory on out-of-state travel to states with a positivity rate above 10%.

As of Friday, Maryland has roughly 94,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 3,429 deaths, according to state statistics.

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