MARYLAND — For the fifth time this week, Maryland has reached a new high for the number of patients hospitalized with the coronavirus. Based on data released Sunday, hospitals in the state are treating 1,950 patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
On Friday, the Maryland Department of Health reported 1,885 patients were being treated for the virus, meaning 75 patients have been added in the past two days. In the past week, 241 patients have been hospitalized, since the state reported there were 1,709 coronavirus patients on Jan. 3.
Health experts anticipated an uptick in cases and hospitalizations at the start of the new year.
"Typically you might see that spike anywhere from five to 10 days post holiday," Baltimore Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa said at a news conference before New Year's Eve. "We would certainly be looking ... 5 to 10 days post-Christmas, five to 10 days post New Year's."
Here are Maryland's record-high numbers of coronavirus patients since the pandemic began:
Jan. 10 — 1,950 patients
Jan. 9 — 1,887 patients
Jan. 8 — 1,885 patients
Jan. 6 — 1,862 patients
Jan. 7 — 1,834 patients
The previous high was Dec. 15, when Maryland hospitals had 1,799 coronavirus patients.
More than 136,000 people have received the first dose of coronavirus vaccine in Maryland, state health officials reported Jan. 10, and over 6,000 have received the second dose. The vaccine to prevent COVID-19 requires two doses.
Here's a look at coronavirus in Maryland as of Sunday, Jan. 10: