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 Maryland Announces Highest Number of Coronavirus among all U.S States within 4 Days of Ending Lockdown 

As the lockdown is being lifted in the US despite the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the states, the experts had foreseen the spike in the spread of the disease. The cases in Maryland have reached 41,546 out of which almost 2000 could not survive the disease. This is the highest number of coronavirus cases reported in any state of the US.

On Tuesday, it was reported by The Maryland Department of Health that the state has seen the highest rise in the number of coronavirus cases in four days of implementing the ease in lockdown. 1784 new coronavirus cases were reported by the health department after the business started reopening in the state.

Out of the 7152 coronavirus tests done, 5368 people were reported negative against the virus which shows that almost 25% of the tests within 24 hours were tested coronavirus positive. Previously, a spike of 1730 COVID-19 cases was recorded two weeks before the highest number of cases in Maryland were reported.

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According to the health department, the total number of hospitalized patients of coronavirus currently in Maryland is 1,421 which increased from 26 patients and 537 patients are in serious condition admitted in the intensive care unit.

Since Friday afternoon, Maryland has implemented a “safer at home” strategy by which many public spots were opened for business including retail shops, barbershops, and salons. The shops are only allowed to operate with 50% of the capacity of their clients to minimize the spread of the virus. However, Maryland would remain in the emergency state.

Maryland was reopened on May 15 when the ease in lockdown across the state was ordered by Gov Larry Hogan. He passed the order since the number of patients in the hospitals was either decreasing or remained the same.

Hogan said in the order that the state can follow up with the contacts of almost 1,000 newly reported cases in a single day.

He announced to increase the testing capacity in Maryland as soon as the spike in the coronavirus cases was released. In this state of emergency, he issued an order which stated that the licensed state pharmacists are allowed to conduct coronavirus tests which broadened the criteria of testing in Maryland.

Hogan on his Twitter account said that people from all over the state can get coronavirus tested without any appointment starting from this week. The people who do not have any symptoms of the virus can also get tested which is a turning point in the testing policy of Maryland.

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He also said the state is passing an order to the numerous licensed pharmacies of the state to conduct coronavirus tests that will increase the testing capacity by many folds.

The coronavirus cases in Maryland are stretched across various counties surrounding the district. The state has cases coming from Washington, D.C. all across to Baltimore. Prince George’s County reported around 12,000 COVID-19 cases. Montgomery County and Baltimore County have reported 9,000 and 5,000 cases respectively.

The hike seen in the coronavirus cases in Maryland due to the ease in lockdown amid the outbreak has caused an increase in the availability of the tests even for asymptomatic people to control the virus until a vaccine is not available in the market.

 

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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