MARYLAND — Nearly 800 confirmed cases of the coronavirus were added to the count in Maryland in the past day, state health officials reported Saturday. On Oct. 1, there were more than 125,000 cases; as of Saturday, Oct. 17, there were more than 135,000.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that fans would again be allowed at sporting events in the state, including NFL games.
Both M&T Bank Stadium and FedEx Field may host crowds of up to 10 percent capacity.
“With our key health metrics low and stable, we are taking steps to allow more spectators,” Hogan said in a statement Friday. He said the positivity rate was stable, “cases per 100K have declined, and zero counties are in the federal government’s ‘red zone.'”
The positivity rate is at 3.15 percent on a seven-day rolling average, according to the Maryland Department of Health.
In the past two weeks, hospitalizations have risen by about 100; there were 323 people hospitalized with the virus as of Saturday, Oct. 3, and officials said there were 422 Saturday, Oct. 17.
Here is the data about the coronavirus in Maryland from the state health department as of Saturday, Oct. 17: