For the third straight day, Maryland’s total confirmed cases of the coronavirus had reached a record-breaking amount, surpassing 100 new cases in a day for the first time.
Gov. Larry Hogan gave the update on Thursday via Twitter and confirmed that there are now 580 cases of the coronavirus in Maryland.
He stated the state saw an increase of 157 new cases, a 37% increase from Wednesday.
As of right now, there are more than 1,200 confirmed cases in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C combined.
“We are only at the beginning of this crisis, in our state, in the National Capital Region, and in America,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “As I have repeatedly stressed, we should continue to expect the number of cases to dramatically and rapidly rise.”
In his statement, Hogan referred the 42,000 Marylanders who for unemployment last week.
“Today, we are also seeing an unprecedented increase in the number of Marylanders filing for unemployment,” Hogan said. “We are going to do everything we can to help people and small businesses get back on their feet.”
The state is working to report the number of negative tests, so they have not determined if the virus spread or increased testing since the number rises daily. Thursday marked the first day Maryland reported their number of virus-related hospitalization (132 total) and confirmed cases released from isolating (23 total).
About 80% of Maryland’s cases fall into a wide age range of 18 to 64-year-olds. The majority of the remain one-fifth of cases are at least 65-years-old, 113 of those cases are considered most at-risk to the effects of the coronavirus. There are six cases involving individuals under 18.
The state also reported that the cases are broken down by gender for the first time. Two hundred ninety-eight cases are male residents, and 282 cases are female residents.
Four of the Maryland cases have resulted in death. The victims were not named, but stated officials identified three men in their 60s with underlying health conditions, two in Prince George’s County and one in Baltimore County. The fourth victim is a Montgomery County woman in her 40s with underlying medical conditions.
Abu is a Journalist & Marketing Consultant from Prince George’s County, MD. He is the Editor-In-Chief of The DMV Daily, Marketing Manager of Kae’s Boutique, LLC and the founder of The Daily Greeks. Abu graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in May 2018 and is currently working on his Masters of Arts in Organizational Communications at Bowie State University.