At the start of the pandemic, cases of coronavirus were largely centered in Baltimore and quickly moved through congregate housing facilities. After a lull in cases over the summer and into the fall, cases in Maryland have followed the national pattern and have increased markedly as the weather has gotten colder and travel has increase as a result of the holiday season. Current guidance on restrictions and vaccinations can be found on Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery page.
Update for the week (March 10, 2021):
- On Wednesday, March 10, the Maryland Department of Health reported 900 new confirmed cases, 14 COVID-related deaths, and 9 additional hospitalizations as compared to the previous day. The statewide seven-day testing positivity rate also rose slightly overnight to 3.61%. [CBS Baltimore]
- Maryland remains in Phase 1C of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. Since the start of distribution, 1,069,281 have received a first dose, and 584,389 have been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday March 10. Of these, 25,331 first doses and 11,772 second doses were issued in the past 24 hours. [CBS Baltimore]
- In a press conference on Tuesday, March 9, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that the state would be relaxing its capacity limits on dining, retail, and other public venues effective 5pm on Friday, March 12. Local officials reportedly are determining whether or not to impose stricter restrictions in their own jurisdictions: “Baltimore County and Howard County officials said they… were reviewing the governor’s order, while those in Anne Arundel County said the county executive could issue a new local order to address the matter.” As can be seen in the visualization below, certain zip codes in Baltimore (21153) and Anne Arundel (21405) counties have some of the highest case rates per 10,000 inhabitants in the state. [The Baltimore Sun]
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