COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maryland have dropped to the lowest level since March 2020 as more people become vaccinated against the disease.
Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday announced that 276 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, marking the lowest number since March 30, 2020.
The number of Marylanders in intensive care has fallen to 67, or the lowest number since March 26, 2020.
Hospitalizations have fallen to new lows amid a statewide push to vaccinate as many people as possible. More than 70% of Maryland adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, though the vaccination rate has slowed and is lagging in some counties.
Hogan said last week that Maryland’s mass vaccination sites will phase out in favor of smaller clinics as the state works to reach hard-to-access populations and those who still aren’t sure about vaccines.
About 3 million Marylanders are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning they have received both shots of the two-dose vaccines or they have received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Hogan on Monday said the latest hospitalization statistics show Maryland is emerging from the pandemic. The state’s positivity rate has also fallen in recent weeks, sitting Monday at just above 1%.
State policies have shifted as the health metrics have improved: last month, Hogan lifted nearly all remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including the mask mandate and all remaining capacity limits at businesses and restaurants.
More than 9,400 Marylanders have died since COVID-19 first appeared in the state last year.
Madeleine O’Neill covers the Maryland State House and state issues for the USA TODAY Network. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @maddioneill.