New coronavirus cases leaped in Maryland in the week ending Sunday, rising 21.9% as 8,021 cases were reported. The previous week had 6,582 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Maryland ranked 18th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week the United States added 442,676 reported cases of coronavirus, an increase of 16.2% from the week before. Across the country, 34 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Within Maryland, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Baltimore City, Harford and Baltimore counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Baltimore County, with 1,444 cases; Baltimore City, with 1,280 cases; and Prince George’s County, with 1,203. Weekly case counts rose in 17 counties from the previous week. The biggest increases from the prior week’s pace were in Baltimore, Baltimore City and Prince George’s counties.
Maryland ranked 20th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 29.6% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 28.2%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.
In the week ending Sunday, Maryland reported administering another 360,226 vaccine doses, compared to 325,993 the week before that. In all, Maryland reported it has administered 2,648,201 doses.
Across Maryland, cases fell in seven counties, with the biggest declines in Kent, Dorchester and Cecil counties.
In Maryland, 81 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 122 people were reported dead.
A total of 408,044 people in Maryland have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 8,251 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States, 30,262,377 people have tested positive and 549,335 people have died.