Virus Outbreak

In this Jan. 31, 2021, file photo, registered Nurse Rita Alba gives a patient the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site at the Bronx River Community Center in the Bronx borough of New York.

ANNAPOLIS — Hospitalizations attributed to the coronavirus stand at 1,200 patients statewide, according to data from the Maryland Department of Health released Thursday.

That is down four patients from Wednesday but up 765 hospitalizations on March 12 when Gov. Larry Hogan lifted some COVID restrictions on restaurants, shops, fitness centers and churches. That is a 57% increase in hospitalizations.

Hogan, however, has not lifted Maryland’s mask requirements and social distancing rules remain on restaurants, houses of worship and other businesses.

The state health agency also reported 11 new COVID deaths on Thursday. There have been 8,203 deaths attributed to COVID statewide during the pandemic.

Variants of the virus have sparked concerns about another pandemic wave in the U.S. and Europe. Hogan has pointed out that state with more COVID restrictions such as New York, New Jersey and Michigan currently have the highest COVID case rates.

Maryland ranks 19th among U.S. states for the rate of COVID cases the past seven days, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Alaska have the highest COVID case rates for the past seven days. Maryland ranks 16th the COVID death rate over the past week. New York City ranks first with recent COVID deaths.

In Talbot County, the local health department reported three new cases on Thursday. There have been 121 hospitalizations for COVID in Talbot during the pandemic and 29 deaths attributed to the virus. There are 40 active COVID cases in Talbot County.

There are 30 active COVD cases, two current hospitalizations and 51 deaths attributed to the virus in Dorchester County, according to the local health department.

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