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Hospitalizations rise to 1,167 – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Maryland said 1,167 residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to data released Thursday by the state health department.

This marks the seventh consecutive day that the number of COVID-related hospitalizations remains above 1,000 in Maryland, an increase until recently has not surpassed that total since the end of April.

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On Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan and state health officials launched a wave of measures to help hospitals cope with increased hospitalizations. The state has set up an epidemic control center, directed hospitals to submit pandemic plans and secured support for a plan to raise the state’s nursing ranks.

Following a cyberattack on the Maryland Department of Health earlier this month, only hospitalization data on the state database has been updated. Vaccination data were not updated on Thursday, and totals for other key indicators have not yet updated.

Hospitalizations increased by 16 to 1,167. Of those hospitalized, 887 adults are in acute care and 265 adults are in intensive care. Eleven children are in acute care and four are in intensive care.

According to the most recent count, a total of 4,204,148 Marylanders are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The state has provided 9,888,407 doses of the vaccine. In which, 4,377,156 first dose and 3,879,814 second dose.

The state reports that 324,334 Marylanders have been immunized against Johnson & Johnson.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows at least 90% of all Marylanders 18 years of age and older received at least one dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Even as officials track cases of the new variant of Omicron, which is believed to be more transmissible than other strains, Hogan said he doesn’t anticipate any lockdowns in Maryland. . He is asking the residents Social distancing, wearing masks in public, and vaccinations.

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

In Maryland, everyone 16 years of age and older is eligible for a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

To date, the state has provided 1,307,103 additional or booster doses of the vaccine, according to the most recent data.

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