ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Saturday, Aug. 1, that all 24 of Maryland’s jurisdictions have now met the goal of testing 10% of their populations, as the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 4.47%. This represents another milestone for the state’s long-term testing strategy.
“Our aggressive statewide testing strategy is helping us to understand, identify, and stop the spread of this virus, and I want to commend all of our local jurisdictions for stepping up to meet our goal of testing 10% of their populations,” said Gov. Hogan. “The State of Maryland continues to make unlimited quantities of tests available to any jurisdiction that needs them.”
On June 18, state health officials urged county leaders to step up local testing efforts and meet the goal of testing 10% of their populations. With Cecil County testing 10.1% of its population, all 24 jurisdictions have now met this milestone.
In total, Maryland has now conducted 1,245,767 COVID-19 tests, including 31,003 tests over the last 24 hours. 929,354 Marylanders have now been tested for COVID-19 — representing 15.4% of the state’s population.
The state’s seven-day average positivity rate has dropped to 4.47%, and has been below 5% since June 25. The daily positivity rate dropped to 3.44%. The positivity rate is above 5% in four of the state’s 24 jurisdictions: Baltimore County (5.53%), Baltimore City (6.12%), Prince George’s County (6.35%), Talbot County (5.49%).
There are 592 total current COVID-19 hospitalizations — an increase of two — with 132 ICU beds in use.
Slightly over 55% of Saturday’s new cases are Marylanders under the age of 40. The positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 (6.25%) is 73.6% higher than the positivity rate for Marylanders age 35 and older (3.60%).
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