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

Maryland reports lowest number of new COVID cases since March 2020

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Maryland is reporting its lowest number of new coronavirus cases since March 30, 2020.

 

Health officials say 212 positive cases have been confirmed within 24 hours. 

 

  According to the governor, the state’s 7-day positivity rate, at 2.51%, has matched its lowest level on record. 

 

“From the very beginning of this crisis, we Marylanders truly have been all in this fight together,” said Gov. Hogan. “Today’s key health metrics show that, after a long, hard-fought battle, we are nearing the end of this pandemic as we finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Those who have not yet been vaccinated are strongly advised to immediately do so. The easiest way to be protected from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated right away.”

 

 

Data shows, 3 more virus-related deaths have been recorded since Sunday morning. 

 

Currently, 613 patients are hospitalized due to complications from the virus, bringing COVID-hospitalizations down by more than half since April 20. 

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 66.5 % of adults in the state have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

Governor Hogan ended Maryland’s statewide mask mandate on Saturday. 

 

Face coverings are still required in schools, health care settings and on public transportation. 

 

Baltimore native, Micarie Kemp has always been passionate about working in the media.