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Baltimore City leaders concerned about increase in COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 19:16:14-04

BALTIMORE — There are more than 11,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Baltimore City as of Thursday.

Of those, 380 people have died.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Letitia Dzirasa said the city's positivity rate is 29 percent higher than the state average in other Maryland jurisdictions.

A White House report indicated Baltimore could be in the early stages of a COVID-19 resurgence. Among those more affected is young people.

"As of today our July peak seven-day average number of cases is 137. At our previous peak in May it was 124. On July 24th the 7 day average for new cases per day was 126 in comparison on July 5th it was 67. Additionally on July 24th the positivity rate was 6.4% it was 5.1% on July 5th," said Dzirasa.

She continued by saying the increase in cases weren't directly linked to more testing.

To help with the city's continued response, Mayor Jack Young has asked for $500 billion in federal and state funding.