Cases of COVID-19 in Maryland are on a continued decline, and the state reports high vaccination numbers.
“As one of the most vaccinated states, Maryland’s case rate and positivity rate are among the lowest in the country, and they are continuing to drop,” Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday in a release.
Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate, 3.21%, has declined by 37.1% since Aug. 22. In addition, the state's case rate, the number of cases per 100,000 residents, has declined by 39.4% since Sept. 15. The case rate is now 12.5.
Currently, there are 609 people hospitalized with COVID in Maryland. That's down 27.9% since Sept. 9. The state reported a total of five pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations Monday, which is 0.8% of total COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide.
“Maintaining immunity is critical to keeping our health and economic recovery going, and we urge eligible Marylanders to get a booster shot as soon as possible,” Hogan said.
Hogan attributes the state's low case rate to its high vaccination rate, saying in a news conference Monday afternoon that more than 8.3 million vaccinations have been given in Maryland and nearly 280,000 booster shots.
Ninety-eight percent of Marylanders 65 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 86% of Marylanders 18 and older and about 85% of residents 12 and older have received at least one vaccine dose.
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