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A woman receives a shot of COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination effort on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

EASTON — New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are down in Maryland and nationally.

The Maryland Department of Health reported 759 new COVID cases on Wednesday, Feb. 17. That makes for the fourth straight day where the state has reported under 1,000 new coronavirus cases

The state health agency reported 516 new cases on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

In Talbot County, the local health department report there are 128 active coronavirus cases with eight new ones reported Wednesday.

Statewide, the number of COVID hospitalizations also continues to decline. MDH reported Wednesday there are 1,096 patients hospitalized for COVID statewide. That is down from the previous day and down 844 patients from a recent peak of 1,940 hospitalizations on Jan 11.

The drop in hospitalizations in Maryland mirrors a national decline in new cases, deaths and patient hospitalizations attributed to the virus.

There were 64,533 patients hospitalized for COVID in the U.S. as of Feb. 16, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

That is down from 132,744 hospitalizations for the virus reported nationally on Jan. 6.

The number of new cases are also down in the U.S. and deaths are down 30% from January, according to the tracking project. U.S. COVID deaths are at their lowest levels since Nov. 3.

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