State health officials track fatality data in two ways: when deaths are reported and when they actually occurred. By both measures, Maryland has surpassed previous peaks.
Health officials already have added more COVID-19 deaths to the state tally this month than in any previous month since the pandemic began in March 2020 with 1,475 fatalities attributed to the disease, passing a previous record set last May of 1,364. These are deaths that could’ve happened in January or earlier but are newly confirmed to have been due to COVID-19.
Meanwhile, at least 1,406 COVID-19 fatalities have occurred in January, according to the department, already eclipsing its previous record of 1,392 deaths in a month, set in December 2020. In all, at least 13,131 Marylanders have died of COVID-19. Continue Reading