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Maryland reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 8,691 new cases. That's down 13.1% from the previous week's tally of 10,006 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Maryland ranked 39th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 1.2% from the week before, with 721,538 cases reported. With 1.82% of the country's population, Maryland had 1.2% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 24 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Washington County reported 133 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 170 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 36,410 cases and 592 deaths.
Franklin County, Pa., reported 188 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 252 cases and five deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 42,222 cases and 705 deaths.
Fulton County, Pa., reported 13 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 25 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,256 cases and 66 deaths.
Berkeley County, W.Va., reported 267 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 181 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 37,813 cases and 310 deaths.
Jefferson County, W.Va., reported 137 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 70 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 15,300 cases and 135 deaths.
Morgan County, W.Va., reported 19 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 12 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,432 cases and 70 deaths.
Across Maryland, cases fell in 17 counties, with the best declines in Montgomery County, with 2,235 cases from 2,594 a week earlier; in Howard County, with 495 cases from 798; and in Baltimore City County, with 780 cases from 980.
Within Maryland, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Montgomery County with 213 cases per 100,000 per week; Charles County with 180; and Prince George's County with 164. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Montgomery County, with 2,235 cases; Prince George's County, with 1,490 cases; and Baltimore County, with 875. Weekly case counts rose in seven counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week's pace were in Allegany, Harford and Frederick counties.
In Maryland, 41 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 48 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,126,088 people in Maryland have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 14,760 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 86,967,639 people have tested positive and 1,015,938 people have died.
Maryland's COVID-19 hospital admissions rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, June 26. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
Last week: 1,689
The week before that: 1,499
Four weeks ago: 1,626
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
Last week: 63,626
The week before that: 57,605
Four weeks ago: 54,872
Hospitals in 34 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 25 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 39 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Mail: Washington County reported 37 fewer new COVID-19 cases this week