MARYLAND — Maryland added 2,321 new cases of the coronavirus to its tally in the past 24 hours, state health officials reported Saturday morning.
It is "by far the largest daily increase we've ever seen," Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement.
Confirmation of the 2,300-plus new cases of the virus comes the day after the state set a record for passing 1,800 new cases in a 24-hour period.
"We are now seeing widespread community transmission, not just in our cities and urban areas, but in our rural counties that had not experienced the large spikes earlier this year," Hogan said Saturday. The positivity rate in Maryland is 6.16 percent.
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations have now increased by 120 percent over the last month, he noted. There are 921 coronavirus patients in hospitals statewide, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
"Our ability to weather this fall surge and keep our hospitals from overflowing will depend on each and every Marylander exercising personal responsibility," Hogan said. "Wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and avoid large gatherings."
The governor reminded Marylanders of the requirement to wear face coverings when it is not possible to keep 6 feet of distance between one another.
"The statewide mask mandate remains in full effect in all indoor public areas, on public transportation, and outdoor areas when it is not possible to maintain physical distancing," Hogan said. "Violation of this order is a misdemeanor."
Authorities reported on Saturday that 20 deaths in the past day were due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Here is a look at Maryland's coronavirus data as of Saturday, Nov. 14: