Maryland has recorded 114078 cases of the coronavirus, health officials said Thursday. That is 503 more than the day before.
The Maryland Department of Health’s positivity rate is now at 3.71%, up 0.01% from the day before. However, Johns Hopkins pegs Maryland’s positivity rate at 6.2%, above the positivity rate advised by the World Health Organization before jurisdictions consider whether to reopen. The state calculates its positivity rate based on the number of tests administered while Hopkins makes its calculations based on the number of people tested.
There are 358 Marylanders currently hospitalized, 12 fewer than the day before. Of those hospitalized, 92 are in intensive care.
The state has conducted a total of 2,128,024 coronavirus tests, 1,309,649 of which have come back negative.
There have been a total of 3,679 state-confirmed deaths so far related to COVID-19, seven more than were reported the day before.’
Number of confirmed cases : 114,078
Number of persons tested negative : 1,309,649
Total testing volume : 2,128,024
Number of confirmed deaths : 3,679
Number of probable deaths : 145
Currently hospitalized : 358
Acute care : 266
Intensive care : 92
Ever hospitalized : 14,706
Released from isolation : 7,166
Cases and Deaths Data Breakdown:
Parenthesis = Confirmed death, laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 test result
Asterisk = Probable death, death certificate lists COVID-19 as the cause of death but not yet confirmed by a laboratory test
NH = Non-Hispanic
Coronavirus – What you should know:
What are the signs and symptoms?
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
– Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
– Repeated shaking with chills
– Muscle pain
– Sore throat
– New loss of taste or smell
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.
This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.When to Seek Medical Attention
If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
– Trouble breathing
– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
– New confusion or inability to arouse
– Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
How does COVID-19 Spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
– Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
– Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
– These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
– Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Maintaining good social distance (about 6 feet) is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.
Wash your hands often
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
– If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick
– Put distance between yourself and other people.
– Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus and keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
– You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
– Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
– Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
– The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
– Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
– Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover coughs and sneezes
– If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
– Throw used tissues in the trash.
– Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
– Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
– If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
– Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.