MARYLAND — More than 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Maryland in the past day, state health officials reported Saturday morning. There are 89,365 cases of the virus in Maryland, authorities said, an increase of 1,019.
This is the second highest number of tests state health officials have reported on in a single day, with more than 31,000 results coming in Saturday. Last week on Saturday, the state set a record for new results with 34,874 test results reported.
"As we head into the weekend, Marylanders should keep in mind that the top activities reported in contact tracing investigations were family gatherings, house parties, and outdoor events," Gov. Larry Hogan said. "It’s easy to become complacent, but we can’t afford to let our guard down."
The governor reported earlier in the week that people who tested positive for the virus had said they had been doing things like meeting people outside and reporting to office jobs.
These were the top activities among coronavirus patients, he said:
54 percent worked outside the home
44 percent attended family gatherings
39 percent went shopping
23 percent went to house parties
23 percent dined outdoors
23 percent dined indoors
21 percent patronized outdoor events
"We cannot say with specificity how they got the virus or where they got the virus, but these are commonalities," Hogan said, "And they are significant."
To help slow the spread of the virus, an expanded masking order takes effect at 5 p.m. Friday in Maryland that requires people to wear face coverings in public places as well as outdoors when physical distance of 6 feet is not possible.
Exceptions include those with disabilities for whom it would be unsafe to wear a mask; those receiving services like dental care, shaving or facial treatments; people eating or drinking; workers for whom it would be unsafe to wear a mask; those swimming or engaged in physical activity during which it would be a safety risk to wear a mask; and those operating public transportation who are the sole operator in a separate compartment.
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Coronavirus in Maryland: A Snapshot
Here is a look at Maryland's coronavirus numbers as of :
Maryland Hospitalizations, Deaths
Maryland Coronavirus Cases By Jurisdiction
Maryland Coronavirus Cases By Age And Gender
Maryland Coronavirus Cases By Race And Ethnicity
Maryland Coronavirus In Group Living Facilities
The Maryland Department of Health updates data on coronavirus cases and deaths in congregate living facilities on Wednesdays. Here is the information as of Wednesday, July 29:
Symptoms Of Coronavirus
Contracting the coronavirus can result in mild to severe illness. Older adults and those with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart or lung disease, are the most at risk of complications from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These symptoms of coronavirus can appear two to 14 days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Those who have trouble breathing, feel persistent pain or pressure in the chest, experience new confusion, have the inability to wake or stay awake or have bluish lips or face should get medical attention immediately, federal health officials say.
To prevent getting the illness, authorities advise staying away from those who are sick, keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, washing hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and wearing a cloth face covering when around others.