ANNAPOLIS, Md. – While states in the region and across America are experiencing spikes, Maryland’s key COVID-19 health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction. The statewide positivity rate remains stable at 4.53%, total current hospitalizations are at 406, and half of the state’s 24 jurisdictions have now met the goal of testing 10% of their population.
“While we are seeing dramatic spikes in states across our region and across the nation, here in Maryland, the key health metrics continue to trend in a very positive direction, and we continue to be better positioned for an economic comeback than nearly every other state in America,” said Governor Hogan. “But this does not mean the crisis is behind us, or that we can afford to stop being vigilant and cautious. In order to keep outperforming the nation and continue on our road to recovery, all Marylanders, regardless of age, must continue practicing physical distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding crowds and close gatherings.”
More than 761,000 COVID-19 Tests, 4.53% Positivity Rate. Maryland has now conducted 761,395 COVID-19 tests, including 15,119 tests over the last 24 hours. 612,581 Marylanders have now been tested for COVID-19. The state’s seven-day average positivity rate is now 4.53%—down more than 83% from its peak level on April 17—and the daily positivity rate is 4.07%.
Hospitalizations at 406. Current total COVID-19 hospitalizations are at 406, with 139 ICU beds in use.
Half of Maryland’s 24 Jurisdictions Hit 10% Testing Goal. Montgomery County became the 12th jurisdiction to meet the statewide goal of testing 10% of the population in all 24 jurisdictions. Here is how the state’s most populous jurisdictions rank:
• Baltimore City: 12.1% of population tested
• Prince George’s: 10.6%
• Baltimore Co.: 10.4%
• Montgomery: 10.1%
• Howard: 9.6%
• Anne Arundel: 8.3%
Positivity Rate Higher For Marylanders Under 35. In keeping with trends states are seeing across the country, the positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 (6.13%) is 60.9% higher than the positivity rate for Marylanders age 35 and older (3.81%).
220+ COVID Testing Sites Statewide. Maryland now has more than 220 testing sites available statewide. To further increase convenience and accessibility at COVID-19 testing sites, the Maryland Department of Health and local partners are now providing patients with the ability to schedule their own appointments online at more sites.
• Patients can schedule their own appointments at the Columbia VEIP, Pimlico Race Course, and Baltimore Convention Center testing sites by visiting coronavirus.maryland.gov and clicking on the “Testing” tab.
• Although an appointment is strongly encouraged, the Pimlico Race Course and Baltimore Convention Center testing sites continue to accommodate walk-up patients. No doctor’s order is required at these sites.
• Both the Glen Burnie VEIP and Six Flags America theme park offer no-appointment, drive-thru testing. Both sites operate on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information about testing sites in Maryland, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov and click on the “Testing” tab.