Hospitalizations rise to 1,027 – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Maryland said 1,027 residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to state health department data released Friday morning. The number of Marylanders hospitalized with COVID-19 has not exceeded 1,000 since April 30, when there were 1,011 patients.

On Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan said state officials were “increasingly concerned” about the rise in hospitalizations and announced the plan enact emergency legislation to help hospitals deal with staff shortages.

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Since its website is compromised by a cyber attack on Sunday, the Maryland Department of Health restored some online functionality but was unable to fully report the state’s COVID-19 metrics, including new cases, deaths, testing, and positivity rates. Despite experiencing a “server outage,” the department has updated its data on hospitalizations and vaccinations as of December 9.

The number of people hospitalized increased by 43 to 1,027. Of those hospitalized, 781 adults are in acute care and 236 adults are in intensive care. There are eight children in acute care and two in intensive care.

A total of 4,173,574 Marylanders were fully immunized against COVID-19. The state has administered 9,731,000 doses of the vaccine. Of those, 4,348,669 were the first dose, with 6,666 administered in the last 24 hours. Medical staff have injected 3,850,318 second doses, 7,457 doses in the past day.

A total of 323,256 Marylanders received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 485 in the past day.

In November, Governor Hogan announced that 99.9% of Maryland seniors had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. He also said last month that more than 50,000 children aged 5 to 11 had been vaccinated.

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The governor has said he doesn’t predict the spread of the new Omicron variant leading to any lockdowns in Maryland, but He encouraged people to social distance, wear masks in public and get vaccinated.

“Obviously you’re much better off if you’re fully vaccinated. If you haven’t received the booster, you’re more at risk,” he said.

In late September, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer booster, Hogan authorized booster injections to Marylanders who had received their second Pfizer at least six months ago. On November 19, all Marylanders 18 years of age and older become eligible for boosters from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

To date, the state has administered 1,208,757 additional or booster doses of the vaccine, 23,637 reported Friday.

The state reports 89.9% of all adults in Maryland and 83% of the population 5 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.


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