As case rates come down, January poised to be Maryland’s most deadly pandemic month

January is poised to be Maryland’s most deadly month of the coronavirus pandemic, according to state data, even as the number of new infections reported daily trends downward.

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



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