Maryland added more than 3,500 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The state has had more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases daily for 39 straight days, more than 1,500 cases for 30 days in a row, and more than 2,000 cases for 12 days.
The state’s 7-day positivity rate is 7.42%. The rate has been more than 5% for 34 consecutive days, more than 6% for 29 straight days, and more than 7% for the past 12 days.
The number of patients currently hospitalized has topped 1,000 for 26 straight days and has been more than 1,500 for 13 consecutive days.
Key points for today
• Talbot County COVID-19 cases increased by 20 to 966, according to the county health department.
• The county’s 7-day average positivity rate is 6.03%.
• The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland is now at 232,009, an increase of 3,538 in the last 24 hours.
• In the last 24 hours, 36 people died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 4,937.
The Spy obtains information for this chart between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Statewide data is updated about 10 a.m. each day; counties may update data throughout the day until 5 p.m. Johns Hopkins updates its data throughout the day.
* Maryland and Cecil County report the total released from isolation.
** For Kent County deaths, The Spy reports its own tally based on the number of state-reported deaths within Kent County facilities and the number of non-facility deaths. For Queen Anne’s County deaths, The Spy reports the total deaths listed on the county’s website. There are discrepancies among state and county statistics concerning total deaths and facility deaths.
• The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients decreased by 10 over the last 24 hours.
• There currently are 1,719 people hospitalized — 1,313 in acute care and 406 in intensive care.
• Of the 66,618 test results received Dec. 11, 6.66% were positive. The 7-day positivity rate was 7.42%.
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• A total of 4,969,984 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Maryland; this number does not represent the total number of patients tested as some patients have been tested multiple times. The state reports 2,315,445 people have tested negative.
• Of the state’s 232,009 cases, 23,189 patients have ever been hospitalized for treatment; 8,938 have been released from isolation.
The graph below shows the average positivity rate for the five Mid-Shore counties.