BALTIMORE — Maryland’s seven-day average of cases per 100,000 residents climbed to 53.39 Tuesday, continuing a three-day streak of record highs during the pandemic, according to state health department data released Wednesday.
Maryland, however, is well below the national average of 75.2 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state’s elevated case rate appears to be buoyed by more two rural counties in Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore, which continue to check in far above the statewide — and national — averages, and a pair of populous counties within the Washington-Baltimore corridor.
Washington County maintained Tuesday its streak of topping the state with its seven-day average of cases per 100,000 residents, at 92.02, which was a decrease compared days earlier and from its peak of 103.09. A jurisdiction of about 151,000 residents, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, has kept the highest rate in the state since Dec. 23.
The case rate in Dorchester County, which has about 32,000 residents, spiked Tuesday to 90.38 cases per 100,000 residents, the highest it’s been since officials began tracking the data.
The more populous and centrally located Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, which have about 909,000 and 579,000 residents, respectively, also marked their highest ever case rates per 100,000 residents. The rates checked in at about 58 and 64.99. Baltimore City and Baltimore County stayed below the statewide average.
Meanwhile, Washington County’s neighbor to the east, Frederick County, also recorded its highest ever case rate per 100,000 residents: 72.16. The county of about 260,000 residents also had among the steepest day-over-day hikes in cases in Maryland. With 175 more cases Wednesday, Frederick now has 13,676.
Overall, Maryland reported 2,516 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, along with 37 deaths.
The latest additions bring the state’s case count to 314,867, and total fatalities to 6,233, according to health department data.
Following a trend that has held true throughout the pandemic, health department data shows 30 of the 37 of the people who died in the past 24 hours were 70 or older. Meanwhile, people in that age bracket accounted for less than 10% of the new cases. The most new cases were reported among people from 20 to 29 years old.