Maryland added nearly 2,900 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the second highest one-day increase since the pandemic began. The highest one-day increase in cases was Thursday, Nov. 19 (2,910 new cases); the third highest was Friday, Nov. 20 (2,353 new cases).
The state has had more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases daily for 18 straight days and more than 2,000 new daily cases for five straight days.
The 7-day positivity rate topped 7% for the third day in a row. That rate has topped 5% for 13 consecutive days and has topped 6% for eight days.
The number of patients currently hospitalized topped 1,000 for the fifth straight day.
• Key points for today
• Talbot County COVID-19 cases increased by 9 to 741, according to the county health department.
• The county’s 7-day average positivity rate is 4.96%.
• The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maryland is now at 179,971, an increase of 2,885 in the last 24 hours.
• In the last 24 hours, 16 people died as a result of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 4,261.
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 increased by 22 over the last 24 hours.
• There currently are 1,229 people hospitalized — 951 in acute care and 278 in intensive care.
• Of the 51,495 test results received Nov. 20, the positivity rate was 6.41%; the 7-day positivity rate was 7.13%.
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• A total of 4,090,832 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 2,026,318 people have tested negative.
• Of the state’s 179,971 cases, 19,434 patients have ever been hospitalized for treatment; 8,498 have been released from isolation.
The graph below shows the average positivity rate for the five Mid-Shore counties.