MARYLAND — After nearly eight months of dealing with the coronavirus, Marylanders need to take preventive measures to protect them from getting sick, the governor warned Thursday.
“It is critically important that we fight ‘COVID fatigue’ and maintain and increase our vigilance over the coming days,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement.
His remarks came as the state saw hospitalizations from the virus top 500 for the second day in a row, after they had not climbed that high since August. The state also saw 962 cases added to its tally of those infected in Maryland with the virus, the highest day-to-day increase since Aug. 1.
“While Maryland is not seeing the same spiking numbers as many other states, we are concerned that our positivity rate, cases and ICU patients are up slightly,” Hogan said.
Coronavirus positivity is at 3.52 percent on a rolling seven-day average, according to the Maryland Department of Health, the highest it has been since Sept. 14, when it was 3.62 percent. It remains under 5 percent, the benchmark the World Health Organization established for safely reopening.
Dorchester County Public Schools closed its school buildings and returned to phase one of its reopening this week after an increase in coronavirus positivity in the district. The positivity rate was 6.1 percent in Dorchester County last Wednesday, Oct. 21, according to the school system’s superintendent.
As of Oct. 29, the positivity rate is 5.01 percent in Dorchester County. One other jurisdiction — Garrett County — is above 5 percent positivity, at 5.67 percent as of Thursday.