Maryland meets coronavirus testing milestone, positivity rate decreases

All of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions have met the goal of testing 10% of their populations for the coronavirus.

According to a press release, the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate has also dropped to 4.47% after it has administered 1.25 million tests. It has remained below 5% since June 25.

“Our aggressive statewide testing strategy is helping us to understand, identify, and stop the spread of this virus, and I want to commend all of our local jurisdictions for stepping up to meet our goal of testing 10% of their populations,” Gov. Larry Hogan said.

A chart showing the percent of populations tested for COVID-19 in Maryland counties. (Courtesy The Office of Gov. Larry Hogan)

With Cecil County testing 10.1% this week, all 24 jurisdictions have reached Maryland’s 10% testing goal set by the Hogan administration. Somerset County tested the most by any jurisdiction in the state (24.4%).   

The testing milestone comes after Hogan announced stricter face mask rules and a travel advisory for states with coronavirus surges. 

While more state residents are being tested, four jurisdictions continue to average higher positivity rates, including Baltimore County (5.53%), Baltimore City (6.12%), Prince George’s County (6.35%) and Talbot County (5.49%).

As of Saturday, there are 592 total current COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state, with 132 ICU beds in use.

There is an increase in cases among those ages 40 and under, according to the release. The positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 (6.25%) is 73.6% higher than those aged 35 and older (3.60%).

Residents that display symptoms are encouraged to take advantage of Maryland’s testing sites, which has grown to over 200 locations. A list of all the testing sites is available online via the state’s coronavirus website

“The state of Maryland continues to make unlimited quantities of tests available to any jurisdiction that needs them,” Hogan said. 

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Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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