BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Maryland said 1,204 residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to data released Friday by the state health department.
As a result, Governor Larry Hogan and state health officials have directs hospitals across the state to free up bed capacity and delay non-emergency procedures, part of a series of emergency actions the state rolled out earlier this week due to a spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
This marks the eighth consecutive day that the number of COVID-related hospitalizations remains above the 1,000 mark in Maryland, an increase until recently has not surpassed that total since the end of April.
Hogan and the Maryland Department of Health implemented a number of measures on Wednesday aimed at helps hospitals manage bed capacity as they treat more and more patients. Among other things, the state established a disease operations center, secured key support for Maryland’s nursing workforce expansion plan, and directed hospitals to submit pandemic plans.
Updated data for some stats has not been available since The Department of Health was hacked earlier this month. Currently only vaccination and hospitalization data are available.
Hospitalizations increased by 37 to 1,204. Of those hospitalized, 921 adults are in acute care and 271 adults are in intensive care. Nine children are in acute care and three are in intensive care.
According to the most recent count, a total of 4,214,762 Marylanders are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The state administered 9,957,407 doses of the vaccine. In which, 4,390,791 is the first dose and 3,889,730 is the second dose.
The state reported that 325,032 Marylanders received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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.
“Bottom line: if you haven’t been vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you’ve been vaccinated, get a booster shot,” the governor said Friday.
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 1,352,118 additional or booster doses of the vaccine, according to the most recent figures.
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