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Md. Health Experts Push Vaccinations as Delta Variant Drives COVID Surge

Maryland health officials are renewing their push for residents to get a coronavirus vaccine, alarmed by both the slowing vaccination rates and the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus suspected of a recent spike in cases.

The state’s daily seven-day average positivity rate, which at its peak was more than 27% at the pandemic’s outset, had been below 1% since June 8 before creeping back above that mark Monday.

The number of virus-related hospitalizations fell below 100 for the first time on July 2, but has since inched upward again, sitting at 132 as of Thursday.

Meanwhile, state health officials have identified 90 cases of the delta variant – an increase from 69 cases on July 9, Baltimore’s WBAL-TV reported.

“I think we have very strong circumstantial evidence that these vaccines are working,” said Dr. David Dowdy of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, WBAL reported. “Even now in the U.S., where the delta variant accounts for most of our infections we are seeing, the vast majority of cases — serious cases and especially deaths — are occurring in people who are not vaccinated, so it looks like these vaccines are working.”

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