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Maryland COVID-19 positivity rate reaches new low as testing increases

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 11:19:53-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan on Monday reported 228,305 people were tested for COVID-19 in May, a 117% increase from April.

A total of 357,545 tests have now been conducted since the outbreak began.

Maryland's positivity rate has dropped nearly 60% from its April 17 peak, and now stands at 10.8%, the lowest it has been since late March.

Some of the largest populated jurisdictions including Baltimore City (10.2%) Anne Arundel County (10.0%), Baltimore County (9.8%), Howard County (9.5%), and Frederick County (8.5%), have all reported positivity rates below the state's average.

The two leading counties affected by the virus, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties have also experienced substantial decreases of infections.

Prince George's County dropped by more than 61 percentage points, from a high of 41.96 to 16.1percent, while Montgomery County has dropped by nearly 60 percent, from a high of 32.64 to a current rate of 13.1 percent.

As of June 1, 5.1 percent of Maryland residents have been tested for COVID-19. Citizens in each of the four leading counties including Prince George’s County (5.9%), Baltimore City (5.8%), Baltimore County (5.7%), and Montgomery County (5.3%) have also been tested at a rate above 5 percent.

So far, Maryland has confirmed 53,327 cases of COVID-19 including 2,431 deaths. Out of those 255,403 people have tested negative and 3,782 others are out of isolation.

Maryland Health officials still urge residents to get tested at one of the nearly 100 testing sites across the state.