At the same time, hospitalizations continued to fluctuate day over day.
Twenty-three fewer people were hospitalized with the virus Wednesday as compared to Tuesday, for a total of 1,929 COVID-19 patients. Furthermore, 454 of those patients required intensive care, two less than a day earlier.
Almost 29,000 Marylanders have been hospitalized with the coronavirus since March, when officials began tracking the pandemic..
The state reported completing 34,334 COVID-19 tests over the last 24 hours, up from a day earlier. Maryland has completed 6,254,353 tests since March.
Reports of a slight acceleration in the state’s testing volume comes about 24 hours after Maryland detected for the first time two cases of a more contagious variant of the virus first discovered in the United Kingdom. The revelation forced an Anne Arundel County couple into quarantine while health officials conducted contact tracing.
Meanwhile, the state’s testing positivity rate decreased Wednesday, checking in at 8.53%. That’s 0.24 percentage points lower than Tuesday.
Less than a day after Gov. Larry Hogan foreshadowed forthcoming developments on Maryland’s coronavirus vaccine rollout, the state reported administering 15,827 more doses of the vaccine — 12,778 more people received their first shot, while 3,049 received their second in the last 24 hours.
Some 164,907 people — about 2.7% of Maryland’s population — have received their first shot of the vaccine, while 12,704 — about 0.2% of residents — have also received their second dose.
The less populous areas in Maryland continue to lead the vaccination campaign in terms of the percentage of their residents who have received shots. The Baltimore metropolitan area has administered the majority of shots.
CDC data shows Maryland has still administered relatively few doses of the virus when controlling for population. It has given approximately 2,400 shots per 100,000 residents, which ranks near the bottom of the list of states.
Still, Hogan raised concerns Tuesday about opening up the vaccinations to a greater population. The Republican governor said that the state as administering more doses of the vaccine daily than it was receiving from the federal government.
“I don’t want to have vaccines laying around. I also don’t want to run out and not get to second doses,” Hogan said.
(Baltimore Sun reporters Bryn Stole and Pamela Wood contributed to this article.)(c)2021 The Baltimore Sun Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.