COVID-19: Maryland tops 1,000 new cases for 6 days straight; DE averages 200-plus cases a day
SALISBURY, Md. — Officials have been warning for weeks to brace for a winter surge in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key metrics like positivity rates and current hospitalization totals have been on an uptick in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia and continue to rise.
Increasing case numbers have prompted TidalHealth to halt visitiation at its Salisbury and Seaford hospitals.
Multiple schools throughout the Delmarva Peninsula have reported cases in their campus communities. Some have temporarily closed, and at least one school district has put a temporary stop to in-person learning at all of its campuses until the end of November.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a recent news conference that numbers had not yet reached shutdown levels, but urged people to follow safety precautions — especially wearing masks — to keep drastic measures at bay.
Since that address, the state's positivity rate has gone from 4.37% to 5.05% and the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has grown by more than 100. Hogan will provide another update Tuesday at 5 p.m. [Check back with DelmarvaNow.com for live coverage.]
Here's a look at the latest data from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia as of Monday, Nov. 9, 2020:
Maryland's overall COVID-19 case total has reached 155,371 infections.
The 8,376-case gain statewide over the past week is substantially higher than the 6,151 cases added for the week prior.
Monday was the sixth day in a row for Maryland's case count to rise by at least 1,000 infections. The largest spike in cases was reported Friday, Nov. 6, when the state total jumped by more than 1,500 infections.
Before daily additions to the case total hit 1,000 on Wednesday, Nov. 4, the last time they'd touched four digits was July 31, according to Maryland Department of Health data.
Among this week's newly identified cases are 201 more infections for the lower Eastern Shore. Here are the case totals for each of these jurisdictions with deaths in parentheses:
- Wicomico County - 2,714 (52)
- Worcester County - 1,282 (31)
- Somerset County - 495 (7)
In the last seven days, Wicomico's case count has increased by 124 infections, Worcester's by 33 infections and Somerset's by 44.
Both Wicomico and Somerset counties have reported one new confirmed virus-related fatality during this time. This marks the third week in a row for Wicomico's death toll to climb and the fourth week in a row for the Lower Shore region's.
Current hospitalizations across Maryland had been holding at above 500 since Oct. 28 and have risen to more than 700 as of Monday morning. That's an increase of 33.6% compared to a week ago.
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The metric had stayed been below 700 since the second half of July.
The number of hospitalized patients in intensive care has also taken a sizable leap in the past week from 133 to 168.
Key COVID-19 metrics in Virginia have also remained elevated over the last week.
The state's overall case count increased in the last seven days by 10,059 to 193,477 infections, and there are more than 1,100 patients in hospitals across the state who have contracted the novel virus.
Hospitalizations have been on an upward trend since they fell to less than 900 in early October.
On the Shore, the combined case total stands at 1,568. That's 12 more infections reported for Accomack County, which has seen 1,241 residents test positive, and another seven for Northampton County, where 327 people have been infected.
Accomack has also reported three new COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last week. There have been no hospitalizations reported for Northampton since the end of August.
Neither jurisdiction has seen any change in its virus-related death toll over the last week.
One new outbreak has been added for the region — this one in a congregate setting. The Shore has now seen four outbreaks in long-term care facilities, 10 in congregate settings, one in a correctional facility and one in a K-12 school.
There are 882 cases associated with those 16 outbreaks, which is an increase of seven infections over the previous week's total.
The seven-day average percent of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Delaware is at 11.5% compared to less than 8% a week ago.
That metric is even higher in Sussex County at 13.8% as of Monday's data release.
For the last seven days, the state has averaged roughly 226 new cases a day, which is up substantially from an average of 161 last Monday.
During this period, Delaware saw its largest single-day case total since the height of the pandemic in mid-May, with 271 infections added Thursday, Nov. 5.
The seven-day average for new cases in Sussex has remained relatively stable, shifting slightly from 50.3 to 53.6 throughout the week.
The 26,908 cases identified across the state include 1,597 infections gained over seven days, with 376 of them coming out of Sussex County. Delaware's COVID-19 death toll has gone from 710 to 719 during this time.
Five of those additional deaths were reported by Sussex, putting the county's virus-related fatalities at 241.
The Country Rest Home in Greenwood and Lofland Park in Seaford are still among the Delaware long-term care facilities experiencing significant outbreaks, according to the Division of Public Health.
As of a Friday, Nov. 6, update, The Country Rest Home has seen 31 residents and 20 staff members test positive and Lofland Park has had 19 residents and 10 staff members who were infected.
Hospitalizations in Delaware are up to 119. They were at 111 a week ago before dropping to 107 over the next 24 hours and then climbing steadily for the rest of the week.
Current hospitalizations for Sussex County have come down from 60 to 47, but are up slightly from the 45 reported over the weekend.