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Wrap-up of news stories taken from the day's local headlines.

Maryland's Reported COVID-19 Cases Near 21,000, moves closer to 1000 deaths

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The Maryland Health Department Wednesday reported over 90,000 people have tested negative for the coronavirus, adding 736 cases since Tuesday. 

State officials say 1,361 people have been released from isolation, 985 deaths and 93 probable deaths from the virus. Prince George's County continues to lead the state in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with 5,738 (213 deaths), Montgomery 4,152 (218 deaths); Baltimore County 2,740 (104 deaths); Anne Arundel 1,662 (75 deaths)

See more data on Maryland COVID-19 data here

As of Wednesday morning, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young reported the city had 2,014 reported cases, and 94 deaths.  Mayor Young on Tuesday, unveiled an updated COVID-19 dashboard, he says significantly increases the amount of publicly available data released on a daily basis around the City’s response to the pandemic.

“We know that for our residents, our healthcare partners, our business leaders, and our community-based organizations, access to information is vital in shaping our actions,” said Young. “I directed City agencies to take steps to dramatically increase the amount of data the City will provide – daily – to the public, to help residents understand the full scope of the pandemic.”

The City’s COVID-19 dashboard can be viewed at www.coronavirus.baltimorecity.gov. The dashboard now includes data on the following items:

  • Nursing home cases and deaths
  • Hospitalization and ventilator usage
  • Food distribution statistics
  • Number of clients served at isolation and prevention sites
  • Demographic data on reported confirmed cases
  • Testing data, including test information from the City’s community-based sites

The City’s dashboard pulls data from a number of sources, and provides it at this centralized location to enable residents to learn key information.
More than 44-hundred cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Maryland nursing homes with 471 deaths.  That's according to the Maryland Department of Health which is basing the data on facility reports.  The new information comes after Governor Larry Hogan request on Monday that health officials release coronavirus data from nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group home with ten or more residents. Only 22-percent of Maryland's COVID-19 cases have been reported in nursing homes but the facilities account for 50-percent of the deaths. The bulk of the cases are in Montgomery and Baltimore counties.  FutureCare Lochearn in Baltimore City has 220 reported cases and qualifies as the most in the state.