Health workers at a coronavirus testing site in Baltimore.

EASTON — The positivity rate for coronavirus tests edged up in Maryland and the state’s health agency reported nine new deaths and 15 new hospitalizations statewide on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The Maryland Department of Health reported a 3.08% positive rate for COVID-19 tests on Wednesday. The statewide rate had been below 3% the past several days.

Positive rates below 5% and especially 3% are indicators of a slowing spread of the virus.

In Talbot County, the local health department reported a 1.88% positivity rate and no new cases on Wednesday, Oct. 14. There are 24 active cases in Talbot County.

The state health department reported 575 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday bringing the statewide total to 132,918. The nine COVID deaths bring the total number of Maryland fatalities from the virus to 3,877. The 15 new COVID-19 hospitalizations bring the current statewide total to 417, according to state health department.

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