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Coronavirus Latest: 2,331 COVID-19 Cases In Maryland, 36 Deaths

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland has topped 2,000 cases of the coronavirus, with 2,331 cases confirmed as of Thursday morning.

Thirty-six people have died. 582 people have been hospitalized for the virus in the state, and 81 people have been released from isolation.

18,890 people have tested negative for the virus. Allegany and Dorchester Counties reported their first case Wednesday. Now all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland have a case of coronavirus.

In these trying times, there is hope. Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson said a coronavirus patient who was once on a ventilator has now been discharged.

“We’re pausing for a moment of celebration,” Latest Baltimore News said GBMC’s President and CEO John Chessare in a video statement.

Maryland has only gotten a fraction of the supplies it has requested from the federal government.

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COVID-19 is also spreading in Maryland’s prison system. An officer at the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore tested positive and that facility is under quarantine.

This week, WJZ spoke to a correctional officer in the Jessup area who said protective gear is difficult to find.

“You’re like in a petri dish, and you’re just waiting to get it,” said the officer, who asked WJZ to keep their identity confidential. “We’ll take care of the inmates. They need to take care of this coronavirus and keeping their people protected.”

There have been cases reported at several nursing homes and longterm care facilities statewide. Just days after at least five people tested positive at FutureCare Cold Spring, FutureCare confirmed six people tested positive at their Good Samaritan location in northeast Baltimore.

On the economic front, new unemployment claims are record breaking—almost doubling from the week before to more than 84,000. The highest number is in Baltimore County with more than 13,000.

Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson spoke to WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren on Skype.

“It is by far a record. It is beyond anything we saw in the crisis of 2008,” Robinson said. Press Release Distribution Service “This is something we’ve never experienced before. I can tell you, we took more claims in the month of March this year than we took in all of 2019.”

She urged patience for those filing and said she expects the number of claims to keep rising. “We’re not out of the weeds yet.”

The state has 400 workers handling unemployment claims and sees 2,000 claims in a typical week.

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