Number Of ICU Patients With Coronavirus Drops: Health Department

Elizabeth Janney

MARYLAND — After coronavirus-related hospitalizations dropped to the lowest levels in weeks in Maryland, now the number of patients on the intensive care unit (ICU) with the virus has also plunged. There are 36 fewer people in the ICU versus Saturday, the Maryland Department of Health reported Sunday morning.

Statewide 1,460 people are hospitalized with the virus as of Sunday morning, health officials say, down from 1,500 on Saturday. Admissions are also down on the intensive care unit, where 562 patients are being treated for the coronavirus Sunday, compared with 598 people Saturday. People in the ICU and hospital in general have reached the lowest levels in Maryland since April 28.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, has claimed the lives of 1,876 Marylanders, officials reported Sunday morning. An additional 116 have COVID-19 listed as a cause of death on their death certificates, authorities say, with test results pending.

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Since the first cases of the virus were confirmed March 5 in Maryland, officials say 6,993 people have been hospitalized due to the virus and 2,816 Marylanders have been released from isolation.

Statewide 38,804 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Maryland Department of Health, an addition of 836 new confirmed cases in the past day. So far the state has reported 156,112 negative test results as of Sunday morning.

Coronavirus in Maryland: A Snapshot

Here is a look at Maryland's coronavirus numbers as of Sunday, May 17:

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Table by Patch. Source: Maryland Department of Health.

Maryland Coronavirus Cases By Jurisdiction

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Maryland Coronavirus Cases By Age And Gender

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Maryland Coronavirus Cases By Race And Ethnicity

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Coronavirus At Group Living Facilities

Data about coronavirus at congregate living facilities is updated weekly on Wednesdays.

Here are the numbers as of Sunday, May 17:

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Maryland has deployed teams to conduct universal testing for nursing home residents and staff and workers at Maryland’s two poultry processing plants. It has prioritized outbreaks and hot spots.

Testing Sites Across The State

The state is expanding testing for health care workers and first responders at local fire and EMS departments, and for health care workers at the Maryland Department of Health, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Hogan announced Wednesday, May 6.

See a list of testing sites in Maryland.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of the new coronavirus can appear two to 14 days after exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which lists the following as possible indicators of the illness: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell.

The CDC has an online self-checker tool for those concerned they may have the virus.

Health officials say most people with the virus will experience mild symptoms and can recover at home. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, according to the CDC.

People should call 911 and seek immediate medical attention if they have trouble breathing, bluish lips or face, new confusion or inability to arouse and/or persistent pain or pressure in the chest.

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