MARYLAND — For the fifth consecutive day, the Maryland Department of Health reported at least 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus. Officials said Sunday 1,081 cases of the virus were confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 153,996 infections statewide.
Maryland has confirmed 7,851 new cases of coronavirus in the past week.
"We are now in the midst of a major surge of COVID-19 in America," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said at a news conference this week. As of Sunday, 655 people in Maryland were hospitalized with the virus, compared with 523 patients one week ago. And that is not the only metric on the rise.
"Our seven-day positivity and case rates are up," Hogan said Sunday, Nov. 8. "Eight jurisdictions are reporting positivity rates over 5 percent, and three are in the federally designated red zone."
The positivity rate in Maryland as a whole is 4.62 percent, state health officials reported Sunday, up 0.08 from the day before.
These jurisdictions have positivity rates above 5 percent Sunday, based on state health data:
Allegany County: 7.7 percent
Anne Arundel County: 5.17 percent
Baltimore City 5.47 percent
Charles County: 5.67 percent
Garrett County: 7.45 percent
Harford County: 5.73 percent
Prince George's County: 5.52 percent
Somerset County: 9.36 percent
The World Health Organization has said positivity rates should be under 5 percent for public health in communities.
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Counties that have more than 25 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the past week meet the criteria for the red zone, established by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Both Allegany and Somerset counties as well as Baltimore City meet that criteria.
Here is what the case rates are Sunday in those jurisdictions, according to the Maryland Department of Health:
Allegany County: 52.54 cases per 100,000
Somerset County: 28.44 cases per 100,000
Baltimore City: 26.21 cases per 100,000
In Baltimore, the health commissioner on Friday issued a new mask order requiring those age 2 and up to wear face coverings in public places, regardless of whether it is possible to put 6 feet of distance between one another. The mayor also imposed restrictions on restaurants and gatherings that will take effect Thursday, Nov. 12.
"A lot of cases we are seeing are from indoor and family gatherings," Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said. "Now more than ever, I need residents to remain on guard."
Since the pandemic began, officials say 4,063 Marylanders have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Here is a look at data on coronavirus in Maryland as of Sunday, Nov. 8: