More than 600 hospital admissions as key stats grow – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 905 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths, according to health department data released Wednesday morning.
The percentage of people who tested positive increased by 0.15% to 3.9%.
The number of hospital admissions increased by 18 to 603. Of the hospital admissions, 429 adults are in acute care and 168 adults in intensive care. Four children are in acute care and two in intensive care.
Doctors say the new cases are fueled by dangerous strains targeting the unvaccinated. In a news conference in August, Governor Larry Hogan said the Delta strain, a strain reportedly two to four times more contagious than the original virus strain, is responsible for nearly every newly confirmed case in Maryland.
“The vaccines are without a doubt our most effective tool to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 and the rising Delta variant, and Maryland’s vaccination rate continues to surpass the nation,” Hogan said.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 580,496 confirmed cases and 10,915 deaths.
4,067,121 Marylanders have been fully vaccinated. The state has administered 9,229,365 doses. Of these, 4,255,647 were first doses of which 10,280 were administered in the last 24 hours. They’ve dispensed 3,748,088 second doses, 3,157 in the past day.
“Thanks to the millions of people who have rolled up their sleeves, Maryland remains one of the most vaccinated states in America,” Governor Hogan said of the eight million milestone. “We achieved these numbers with strong public health outreach, innovative lottery and scholarship promotions, and a relentless focus on justice.”
Governor Hogan announced Monday that 99.9% of seniors in Maryland have now received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Earlier this month, he said more than 50,000 children aged 5-11 have been vaccinated.
The state began administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again in April after the CDC and FDA lifted their pause on the vaccine due to a rare blood clot found in some women.
On Sunday, a total of 319,033 Marylanders received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 310 in the past day.
On September 24, after the CDC granted final approval for Pfizer’s booster, Governor Hogan announced immediate approval of the booster shot for Marylanders who received their second Pfizer shot at least six months ago. Hogan already had approved use for vulnerable populations in early September.
The state has administered 906,597 supplemental or booster vaccine doses, 27,090 in the past day.
The state reported that 88.4% of all adults in Maryland have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In August, the state launched a post-vaccination infection dashboard that is updated every Wednesday. There were a total of 34,450 cases among fully vaccinated Marylanders as of November 14.
Less than 0.93% of fully vaccinated Marylanders later tested positive.
Of those cases, 2,471 vaccinated Marylanders were hospitalized, representing 13.02% of all COVID cases hospitalized in the state. 357 fully vaccinated Marylanders have died, representing 14.17% of lab-confirmed COVID deaths in the state.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers: