BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 702 new cases of COVID-19 and seven new deaths, according to health department data released Tuesday morning.
The percentage of people who tested positive increased slightly by 0.09% to 3.38%.
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The number of hospital admissions rose by 16 to 508. Of the hospitalized patients, 385 adults are in acute care and 120 adults in intensive care. Two children are in acute care while one is in intensive care.
Doctors say the new cases are fueled by dangerous strains targeting the unvaccinated. In a news conference in August, Governor Larry Hogan said the Delta strain, a strain reportedly two to four times more contagious than the original virus strain, is responsible for nearly every newly confirmed case in Maryland.
“The vaccines are without a doubt our most effective tool to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 and the rising Delta variant, and Maryland’s vaccination rate continues to surpass the nation,” Hogan said.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been a total of 573,044 confirmed cases and 10,843 deaths.
There are 4,042,201 Marylanders fully vaccinated. The state has administered 8,959,040 doses. Of these, 4,181,732 were first doses of which 8,138 were administered in the last 24 hours. They’ve dispensed 3,725,860 second doses, 2,311 in the past day.
“Thanks to the millions of people who have rolled up their sleeves, Maryland remains one of the most vaccinated states in America,” Governor Hogan said of the eight million milestone. “We achieved these numbers with strong public health outreach, innovative lottery and scholarship promotions, and a relentless focus on justice.”
Governor Hogan also announced on Saturday that 99% of seniors in Maryland have now been vaccinated and that more than 50,000 children ages 5-11 have been vaccinated.
“From our oldest to the youngest eligible, we continue to lead one of the most successful vaccination campaigns in the country,” Governor Hogan said. “We’ve gotten to this point by listening to the experts and following the science, and that’s exactly what we’ll continue to do as we work to get that last remaining 1% of seniors and the 12.7% of the remaining adults in our state, and because we are now working to get more of our school-age children vaccinated.”
The state began administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again in April after the CDC and FDA lifted their pause on the vaccine due to a rare blood clot found in some women.
A total of 316,341 Marylanders have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 213 in the past day.
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On September 24, after the CDC granted final approval for Pfizer’s booster, Governor Hogan announced immediate approval of the booster shot for Marylanders who received their second Pfizer shot at least six months ago. Hogan had already approved its use for vulnerable populations in early September.
The state has administered 735,107 additional or booster vaccine doses, 16,903 in the past day.
The state reported that 87.5% of all adults in Maryland have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In August, the state launched a post-vaccination infection dashboard that is updated every Wednesday. There were a total of 32,500 cases among fully vaccinated Marylanders as of November 7.
Less than 0.89% of fully vaccinated Marylanders later tested positive.
Of those cases, 2,348 vaccinated Marylanders were hospitalized, representing 12.61% of all COVID cases admitted in the state. 332 fully vaccinated Marylanders have died, representing 13.56% of lab-confirmed COVID deaths in the state.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:
|Data not available||0||(67)||0*|
By age and gender
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By race and ethnicity
|African American (NH)||178,593||(3,832)||86*|
|Data not available||52.571||(61)||0*|