COVID In Maryland: March 20, 2021

The latest on coronavirus in Maryland.

Video Transcript

MAX MCGEE: COVID cases climb once again here in Maryland in the last day. More than 1,000 new cases were reported for the third straight day and deaths, hospitalizations, and positivity rate also rose.

Hello, again. I'm Max McGee.

KELSEY KUSHNER: And I'm Kelsey Kushner. Maryland is set to expand vaccine eligibility, and officials are focusing on getting the vaccine to underserved communities.

This mobile clinics spent Friday afternoon in South Baltimore. In total, MedStar Health has given 1,000 shots and they're at their mobile clinic.

MAX MCGEE: At the University of Maryland Baltimore, another vaccine clinic is only for those who live in the city and referred by the city health department. The number of vaccinated people in Maryland is growing. More than 760,000 Marylanders are now fully vaccinated and over 1.3 million have had at least one dose of a vaccine.

KELSEY KUSHNER: And nationally, the CDC reports more than 121 million vaccine doses have been administered. Of that number, more than 79 million people have received at least one dose-- that's is a quarter of the country-- and 43 million are fully vaccinated. In the last seven days, the US is averaging roughly 2.4 million doses administered daily.

And the vaccination efforts come as health experts warn that more contagious COVID-19 variants are spreading throughout the US.

MAX MCGEE: Despite the warnings, there are pockets of resistance across the country. Michael George explains for us for WJZ.


MICHAEL GEORGE: Dr. Anthony Fauci says more contagious COVID variants spreading around the US can be fought with vaccines, social distancing, and masks.

ANTHONY FAUCI: If we don't do those things, there is a threat that we will see a surge coming up.

RAND PAUL: You've been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show.

ANTHONY FAUCI: Masks are not theater. Masks are protective.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Fauci addressed his exchange on Capitol Hill this week with Republican Senator Rand Paul, who is also a medical doctor.

ANTHONY FAUCI: His point was that if you're vaccinated you shouldn't be wearing a mask. In fact, as the more people get vaccinated, just put masks away, it's theater. That's ridiculous.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Dr. Fauci cited a new study that finds people aged 65 and older are more prone to being reinfected by the coronavirus.

But as the pandemic begins its second year, mask wearing continues to be a source of division.

- Join us in the fight to regain our constitutional freedoms.

MICHAEL GEORGE: In Phoenix, a group burned masks and held up signs against vaccines.

In Texas City, Texas--

- I'm trying to school you people on my rights!

MICHAEL GEORGE: This woman was arrested for a second time after refusing to wear a mask in a store.

But amid the strife, signs of life the way Americans knew it. In Oakland, California, kids relished the reopening of an amusement park, while kids of all ages celebrated as the curtain rose at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles for the first time in more than a year.

Michael George, CBS News.