Coronavirus Hospitalizations, ICU Patients Down For 3rd Day In MD

Elizabeth Janney

MARYLAND— With the addition of 889 new confirmed cases in the past day, the Maryland Department of Health is reporting Sunday morning that 25,462 people in Maryland have tested positive for the new coronavirus. So far the state has reported 107,332 negative test results, an increase of nearly 6,300 since the previous day.

More testing is being conducted, with 500,000 test kits from South Korea secured last month and Gov. Larry Hogan ordering universal testing for those living and working in nursing homes in Maryland.

Statewide 1,635 people are hospitalized with the virus as of Sunday morning, health officials say, and of those, 565 are on the intensive care unit. Since the first confirmed cases of the virus in Maryland on March 5, authorities report 5,051 people have ever been hospitalized because of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

The number of patients hospitalized from the virus as well as those in the ICU because of it are down Sunday, marking the third consecutive day for decreases on those fronts.

A total of 1,182 people have died from COVID-19 in Maryland, state health officials reported Sunday morning. Another 99 people have COVID-19 listed as a cause of death on their death certificates, authorities say, but test results are pending.

Officials report 1,666 people in Maryland have been released from isolation after having the virus.

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To honor the more than 1,000 people who lost their lives to COVID-19 in Maryland, Hogan ordered flags lowered to half-staff Thursday through sunset Sunday across the state. He also declared Saturday Health Care Heroes Day in Maryland.

In a salute to health care workers, the Navy's Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds performed a flyover Saturday morning in Baltimore and Washington.

On Saturday night, the Maryland State House dome as well as Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, the Concord Point Lighthouse and other landmarks shone blue in honor of health care workers.

Coronavirus in Maryland: A Snapshot

Here is a look at Maryland's coronavirus numbers as of Sunday, May 3:

Courtesy of Maryland Department of Health.
Table by Patch.

Case Count By ZIP Code

These are the ZIP codes with the highest coronavirus case counts in Maryland Sunday:

  • 817 cases — ZIP code 20783 (Prince George's County)
  • 525 cases — ZIP code 20906 (Montgomery County)
  • 478 cases — ZIP code 20706 (Prince George's County)
  • 444 cases — ZIP code 20902 (Montgomery County)
  • 438 cases — ZIP code 20904 (Montgomery County)
  • 409 cases — ZIP code 20784 (Prince George's County
  • 398 cases — ZIP code 21215 (Baltimore City/Baltimore County)
  • 381 cases — ZIP code 20782 (Prince George's County)
  • 342 cases — ZIP code 20785 (Prince George's County)
  • 324 cases — ZIP code 21228 (Baltimore County)

Maryland Coronavirus Cases By Jurisdiction

Courtesy of Maryland Department of Health.

Maryland Coronavirus Cases By Age And Gender

Courtesy of Maryland Department of Health.

Maryland Coronavirus Cases By Race And Ethnicity

Courtesy of Maryland Department of Health.

The first cases of the new coronavirus in Maryland were reported March 5, at which point the governor declared a state of emergency. Marylanders have been under a stay-at-home order since March 30. Hogan has said this may be relaxed if deaths and hospitalizations trend down over a two-week period.

The number of confirmed cases of the virus is expected to continue to climb as testing becomes more available.

Coronavirus At Group Living Facilities

This week the state began providing coronavirus case information at congregate living facilities such as nursing homes and detention centers, which show nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities in Maryland accounting for a little less than half of the state's total coronavirus deaths.

In state-run facilities like group homes and prisons, 265 staff, 60 patients and 57 inmates have tested positive for the virus, according to state health officials. No youths have tested positive for the virus in these facilities, authorities reported. One patient has died and two inmates' deaths were also attributed to COVID-19.

Testing Sites Across The State

The Maryland Department of Health and local health departments have opened testing sites at these locations, which require a doctor's order and an appointment:

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of the new coronavirus can appear two to 14 days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which lists the following as possible indicators of the illness: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

The CDC has an online self checker tool for those concerned they may have the virus.

Health officials say most people with the virus will experience mild symptoms and can recover at home. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, according to the CDC.

People should call 911 and seek immediate medical attention if they have trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, new confusion or inability to arouse and/or persistent pain or pressure in the chest.

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This article originally appeared on the Baltimore Patch