Maryland reports record day of virus cases, hospitalizations

December 31, 2021 GMT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland recorded a second consecutive record day of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the result of a surge in the virus that’s also contributing to record hospitalizations in the state.

State Department of Health data showed 14,316 new cases, while there were more than 2,100 patients in hospitals on Thursday. Most of the influx of hospitalized patients involve people who are unvaccinated, according to officials.

The health department also reported 55 more people had died from the coronavirus, the most fatalities reported for a 24-hour period since Jan. 26, The Baltimore Sun reported.

At least six Maryland hospitals have moved to crisis standards of care in the last week, which can mean providing more flexibility in elective surgery schedules and reducing requiring documentation.

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The health department reported more than 63,000 new test results Thursday, bringing those reported over the last seven days to about 400,000.

A new testing site opened Thursday near Pimlico Race Course, according to the newspaper, while others were scheduled to open Friday in Annapolis and Bel Air.