As the country remains in a race between vaccines and COVID-19 variants, Maryland is one of many states to see COVID-19 health metrics evolving in a troubling direction.
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As of Monday, there were more than 1,000 people in state hospitals – 69 people have been admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours, of whom 13 are in need of intensive care.
“I think we all watch this with great concern,” said Dr. Cliff Mitchell, of the Maryland Department of Health. “We have been concerned for some time about the potential for rate hikes.”
More than 1,000 new cases have been reported for the sixth day in a row, according to Monday’s data from MDH. The statewide positivity rate remains below 5%, but it is getting closer as it hovers at 4.99%.
“I expect that as we see more cases in total, we will also see more cases in intensive care units,” Mitchell said. “We are looking very closely at this new rate of cases, we are looking very closely at the positivity rate, and we are continuing to look at issues with the groups that this is happening to.”
When asked what drives the trends, whether it’s variation and / or behavior, Mitchell told 11 News, “There’s a combination of things you’ve alluded to before. one is that the variants are clearly more transferable. Two is that people are just out and about Continued. “
Mitchell said all the ingredients are on the line as more people travel and more places are opened to travel. In addition, there is an increasing proportion of variants circulating in the population.
According to surveillance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the B117 variant, or UK variant, is currently the most common variant in Maryland. Studies show it is also more contagious and spreads more easily to children.
“The variants are there and it’s easier to get them. The jury is still out on whether you get more serious illness with the variants,” Mitchell said. “We are looking at this, the CDC is looking at this. We are looking at this in terms of treatment, like monoclonal antibodies and vaccine responsiveness.”
A CDC study released on Monday found that under real conditions, mRNA vaccines were 90% effective.