Maryland reported fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for the sixth straight day Tuesday as the number of hospitalizations continued a weeklong slide.
The number of new daily cases also has declined for six days straight, according to Maryland Department of Health data.
Here’s how the state’s key coronavirus numbers broke down Tuesday:
There were 501 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s pandemic total to 450,010 confirmed cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus since March 2020.
The state’s 14-day average of new cases has fallen every day since April 20 and has been below 1,000 for four straight days.
Seven more deaths were linked to COVID-19, bringing the state’s pandemic death toll to 8,612.
The state’s 14-day average of daily coronavirus-related deaths has been more than a dozen since April 7.
The state reported that 944 people are hospitalized with the coronavirus, nine fewer than Monday.
Until Sunday, hospitalizations had been above 1,000 every day since March 29. Tuesday was the seventh consecutive day that hospitalizations decreased. Currently, 246 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care in Maryland.
The state’s seven-day average positivity rate increased for the third day in a row to 3.82% from 3.69% Monday. The rate measures the share of positive tests over the past seven days.
It was the 11th consecutive day the state’s rate has been below 5%, the World Health Organization’s bench mark for remaining under for two weeks before easing pandemic-related restrictions.
Maryland reported conducting 10,606 more COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours.
The total number of state residents who have been fully inoculated against COVID-19 grew to 2.15 million as 24,526 more people were reported Tuesday to have been fully vaccinated.
Nearly 36% of Maryland residents have been fully vaccinated by either receiving both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Additionally, about 2.8 million state residents, or about 46% of Maryland’s population, have received at least their first dose of a vaccine.
Health officials reported 11,850 first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were administered in the past 24 hours, in addition to 23,356 second doses of the two vaccines and 1,170 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The state reported a total of 36,376 doses administered Tuesday.
Vaccines by age:
The state reported that 81.3% of residents 65 or older have received at least their first dose of a vaccine as of Tuesday. In addition, 65.5% of Marylanders 50 to 64, 48.9% of those 18 to 49, and 34.4% of 16- and 17-year-olds have gotten their first doses, according to the health department.
Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for 16- and 17-year-olds, and no immunization has been approved for children under 16.
Vaccines by race:
About 2.7 times more white people have been fully vaccinated compared with Black residents, a disparity that has been slowly closing, according to state health department data. The demographics account for 58.5% and 31% of the state’s roughly 6 million residents, respectively.
The state does not have racial data for the recipients of 274,541 administered vaccine doses, not counting those administered by federal entities, which were added to the health department’s data for the first time Saturday.
About 5.5% of residents who have been fully vaccinated identify as Hispanic or Latino, according to available data on ethnicity from the state health department. About 10.6% of Marylanders are Hispanic or Latino, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The state does not have ethnicity data — Hispanic versus non-Hispanic — for 287,084 administered vaccine doses, not counting those given by federal entities.
Vaccines by county:
Howard, Worcester and Talbot counties remained the only jurisdictions in Maryland with more than 40% of their populations fully inoculated against COVID-19, while other areas continued to see lagging vaccination rates.
Somerset County continues to have the state’s lowest fully vaccinated rate as 22.4% of its roughly 26,000 residents have been fully inoculated, according to state health department data.
Among the state’s five most populated jurisdictions, which represent more than 65% of the state’s total population, Montgomery County has the highest rate of fully vaccinated residents, with state health officials reporting that about 38.2% of the county’s more than 1 million residents have been fully vaccinated.
Prince George’s County, which has ranked continually among the bottom counties in the proportion of residents who have been vaccinated, reported the lowest rate among those five jurisdictions, which also include Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City. As of Tuesday, 26.2% of Prince George’s roughly 909,000 residents have been fully vaccinated, according to state health department data.
Of Maryland’s two most populated counties, Montgomery is about 60% white and Prince George’s is about 64% Black.