Virus Outbreak Turkey

Teacher Aysegul Cepoglu wearing a mask to help protect against the spread of coronavirus, walks along a busy street, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.

ANNAPOLIS — Hospitalizations for the coronavirus in Maryland are below the 1,000-mark for the first time since November, according to Gov. Larry Hogan and the state health department.

The Maryland Department of Health reported on Sunday, Feb. 21 that there were 973 patients currently hospitalized for COVID statewide.

That is the first time hospitalizations have been under 1,000 since November, the governor said Sunday.

On Monday, Feb. 22, the state reported hospitalizations increased by 19 patients to 992 patients statewide. MDH also reported 611 new cases on Monday and 17 new deaths attributed to COVID.

Statewide hospitalizations are down from 1,346 patients who were hospitalized to start 2021.

They are also down from a peak of 1,952 COVID hospitalizations on Jan. 12. That is a drop of 960 patients statewide.

The positivity rate for COVID tests stands at 3.91% as of Monday — the lowest since early November.

Locally, there are 127 active COVID cases in Talbot County with five new cases reported Monday.

Nationally, the COVID hospitalizations stand at 56,159, according to the COVID Tracking Project. That compares to more than 132,000 hospitalizations reported in early January.

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