COVID In Maryland: May 2, 2021 (Evening Update)
MAX MCGEE: Another big story, the coronavirus. Maryland sees less than 1,000 new confirmed cases in the last day. Other key metrics are also trending down. Of course, this promising news comes as many say they have several reasons to be optimistic. But it's not-- but it is important to not let your guard down at the same time. Here's Sean Streicher explaining why.
SEAN STREICHER: Maryland COVID numbers are trending in the right direction. Cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are all down, and it's a similar story nationwide.
JENNIFER NUZZO: So this is good news. It seems like we're finally making some progress in breaking out of the-- the case plateau that we have been seeing for quite a bit.
SEAN STREICHER: But we're not out of the woods just yet, with five states seeing an increase in cases for two or more weeks. Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says they're also seeing an increase in COVID related hospitalizations among young adults.
JENNIFER NUZZO: So really important that we continue to make progress in vaccinating people who are younger.
SEAN STREICHER: While the number of shots given each day remains high in Maryland, Dr. Bill Moss, the executive director of the Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center, says nationally they are on a decline from a peak of over 4 million doses on April 1 to now hovering around a 2 and 1/2 million each day.
BILL MOSS: Certainly in some places we're reaching a stage where the supply actually outstrips the demand.
SEAN STREICHER: They are also seeing some people choosing to only get one dose of the two dose shots, Pfizer and Moderna.
BILL MOSS: Those people will have some protection, but certainly not the full protection afforded by two doses of vaccine.
SEAN STREICHER: As numbers on the home front give reasons to be optimistic, countries like India, Japan, and Thailand are being hit hard.
JENNIFER NUZZO: I do very much worry about countries that haven't been able to protect their populations with a vaccine. It's really urgent that we help them do that.
SEAN STREICHER: In Baltimore, Sean Streicher for WJZ.