There were 798 new COVID-19 cases reported in Maryland on Saturday, Oct. 17.

EASTON — There were 798 new coronavirus cases and four new deaths reported in Maryland on Saturday Oct. 17.

There have been 135,127 COVID cases and 3,891 deaths in the state since the pandemic began in March. The statewide positivity rate for coronavirus tests stands at 3.15%, according to the Maryland Department of Health. That figure has edged up but is still in a lower range indicating a slower spread of the virus.

Maryland saw its COVID peak of new cases on May 4 with 1,090 new cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

There have been some upswings in COVID-19 cases in other parts of the country.

There have been more than 8 million COVID cases in the U.S. and 39.4 million cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins data. More than 218,600 Americans have died from the virus and there have been more than 1.1 million deaths worldwide.

There are currently 422 Maryland patients hospitalized because of COVID. That is up by six patients since Friday.

Talbot County reported one new COVID-19 case on Saturday, Oct. 17. That comes after 15 new coronavirus cases the previous two days.

There are currently 28 actives cases of the virus in Talbot County, according to the local health department. There have been 609 cases locally since the pandemic began in March.

The positivity rate in the county stands at 3.40%

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