New coronavirus cases leaped in Maryland in the week ending Sunday, rising 14.2% as 8,014 cases were reported. The previous week had 7,016 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Maryland ranked 49th 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 coronavirus cases in the United States increased 5.4% from the week before, with 1,086,936 cases reported. With 1.82% of the country’s population, Maryland had 0.74% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 39 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Wicomico County reported 256 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 209 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 8,751 cases and 183 deaths.
Worcester County reported 118 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 135 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,175 cases and 108 deaths.
Somerset County reported 38 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 23 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 2,772 cases and 43 deaths.
Sussex County reported 711 cases and seven deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 578 cases and seven deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 28,813 cases and 556 deaths.
Accomack County reported 136 cases and three deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 103 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 3,286 cases and 50 deaths.
Northampton County reported 38 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 22 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 890 cases and 37 deaths.
Within Maryland, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Dorchester County with 298 cases per 100,000 per week; Allegany County with 288; and Wicomico County with 247. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Prince George’s County, with 1,330 cases; Montgomery County, with 1,082 cases; and Baltimore County, with 883. Weekly case counts rose in 17 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Baltimore City counties.
Maryland ranked 11th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 68% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 61.6%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Maryland reported administering another 101,053 vaccine doses, including 46,496 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 91,280 vaccine doses, including 46,067 first doses. In all, Maryland reported it has administered 7,574,963 total doses.
Across Maryland, cases fell in six counties, with the best declines in Frederick County, with 389 cases from 428 a week earlier; in Dorchester County, with 95 cases from 117; and in Worcester County, with 118 cases from 135.
In Maryland, 52 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 52 people were were reported dead.
A total of 494,982 people in Maryland have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 9,995 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 38,796,746 people have tested positive and 637,531 people have died.
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Aug. 29.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 2,039
- The week before that: 1,896
- Four weeks ago: 1,510
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 130,817
- The week before that: 126,409
- Four weeks ago: 83,804
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at email@example.com.