Maryland COVID cases and testing positivity continue to decline as hospitalizations rise slightly

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Maryland’s new coronavirus cases and testing positivity rate continued to trend downward Saturday, while the state reported 10 new deaths and hospitalizations rose slightly.

Here’s how the rest of state’s indicators, released by the Maryland Department of Health, stacked up:

Maryland added 656 new coronavirus cases Saturday, on par with the current 7-day average, according to state health department data, pushing the state’s pandemic case count to 452,691.

The state has averaged 739 new infections daily over the last two weeks, down from a mid-April peak of 1,371.

Ten additional Marylanders died due to complications from COVID-19, bringing to 8,652 the number of fatalities since health officials began to track the disease in March 2020.

The state reported 869 people were hospitalized Saturday, 10 more than the prior day. The rise follows 10 consecutive days of declining hospitalizations.

A total of 42,101 Marylanders have required hospitalization due to COVID-19.

Testing positivity
The state’s testing positivity rate declined again Saturday to 3.44%, the fourth consecutive day the rate has fallen.

Measuring the share of COVID-19 tests returned positive over seven days, the positivity rate is approaching mid-March levels, when the state was reporting the lowest positivity rates of the year.