If maskless crowds popping up throughout Ocean City weren’t enough of an indicator, a record low number of covid-19 hospitalizations in Worcester County and statewide show that the virus may be coming to an end.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that the state’s total number of covid-19 hospitalizations had fallen to 276 — the lowest they have been since March 2020 — which he attributed primarily to the high rate of vaccinations.

“All of our key health metrics are at or nearing their lowest levels, while our vaccinations continue to outpace the country,” Hogan said in a news release. “As we near the end of the pandemic, we continue to strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten vaccinated yet to do so. It is the best way to protect yourself against getting sick from COVID-19 or spreading it to others.”

In Worcester County, Sarah Yonker, the director of marketing at Atlantic General Hospital, reported similar trends.

“Until yesterday, the last positive inpatient we cared for was discharged on May 15,” Yonker said via email earlier this week. “We now have one COVID-19 positive inpatient on Med Surg, who was admitted June 7.”

She added that the treatment that hospital staff members are giving to covid patients has also improved, which has helped the numbers drop.

“We have refined the treatment of covid-19 and it seems to be preventing the severity of the illness in most cases,” she said. “There are only 74 covid-19 positive patients in ICU beds in the state of Maryland as of June 6, 2021.”

Vaccine numbers and info:

  • As of Thursday, Maryland providers have administered more than 6.39 million covid-19 vaccines and a total of 71.3 percent of Marylanders had been vaccinated.
  • As of Wednesday, AGH had received a total of 16,445 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and 700 of the Johnson & Johnson.
  • Hospital personnel had administered a total 9,664 covid vaccines as of Wednesday.
  • At a clinic on June 3, 178 second doses of vaccines were administered to adolescents, for a total 330 people vaccinated between the ages of 12 and 16.
  • The hospital scheduled another second dose adolescent clinic for Wednesday at Atlantic Health Center. Personnel will also go to Pocomoke Middle School, Snow Hill Middle School, Berlin Intermediate School and Stephen Decatur Middle School for second dose Pfizer clinics.
  • The Worcester County Health Department holds vaccine clinics each week. For information about when and where they will be held visit worcesterhealth.org/protect-menu/1726-worcester-county,-md-coronavirus-covid-19-information-2020.

Covid case numbers:

  • As of Thursday, Worcester County’s covid-19 positivity rate was 1.68 percent, a decrease from 1.83 percent last week. The state’s rate was 0.95 percent.
  • Also as of Thursday, Maryland reported 460,984 confirmed cases of covid-19.
  • Worcester County has confirmed 11 new cases since last week, bringing the county’s total cases since March 2020 to 3,672.
  • Ocean Pines and Berlin had 1,479 cases and Ocean City had 938 Thursday.
  • Worcester has recorded a total of 106 deaths from covid-19.
  • As of Wednesday, the hospital reported one covid in-patient and 10 who had come off ventilators.
  • Worcester County reported zero positive covid cases in schools this week.

*Information from Gov. Larry Hogan’s office; the Maryland Department of Heath; Atlantic General Hospital; Worcester County Health Department; and the CDC*

This story appeared in the printed version of Ocean City Today on June 11, 2021.

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