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Maryland’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops to 5.81%, Hospitalizations At Lowest Level in 73 Days

Maryland’s key COVID-19 health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction, with the statewide positivity rate dropping to 5.81%, and current total hospitalizations at their lowest level in 73 days.

This morning, the Maryland Department of Health began operating a free COVID-19 testing site at the Baltimore Convention Center. Testing at the Convention Center site will occur on Wednesdays and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m—weather permitting—and does not require a doctor’s order. State officials continue to encourage all Marylanders to get tested for COVID-19, particularly those who are in or around vulnerable populations or who have recently attended large gatherings.

More than 525,000 COVID-19 Tests, 5.81% Positivity Rate. Maryland has now conducted 526,882 COVID-19 tests, including 15,594 tests over the last 24 hours. The state’s seven-day average positivity rate has dropped to 5.81%—down more than 78% from its peak level on April 17. The state’s daily positivity rate is below 5% for the second consecutive day, at 4.46%.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Continue to Decline. Maryland’s current total COVID-19 hospitalizations—one of the state’s key recovery metrics—have dropped to 702, their lowest level since April 5.

Baltimore City Leads Key Jurisdictions With 8.1% of Population Tested, Positivity Rate Drops. To date, Maryland has tested 7.3% of its population. Baltimore City, still currently in Stage One of recovery, is above the state average with 8.1% of its population tested. Its positivity rate has dropped by 35 percent since June 1.

State Reporting 15 New Confirmed Deaths. The state is reporting 15 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths for June 16. The three-day average for confirmed deaths is 18.3.

Now More Than 150 Major Testing Sites Statewide. Maryland has broadened the criteria for COVID-19 testing to include those who are asymptomatic. There are now more than 150 major testing sites in Maryland. Visit coronavirus.maryland.gov to find a location that is most convenient for you.