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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland reported 113 new COVID-19 cases and nine more deaths Friday as hospitalizations continue to decline. The state’s positivity rate dropped below 1% Wednesday.

More than three million Marylanders are fully vaccinated. State officials also reported that the state positivity rate went down to 0.


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Hospitalizations went down by 15, now at 212 people hospitalized for the virus. Of those hospitalized, 152 are in acute care and 60 are in the ICU.

Since the pandemic began, there were 461,097 total confirmed cases and 9,459 deaths.

There are 3,117,688 Marylanders fully vaccinated. The state has administered 6,440,343 doses. Of those, 3,322,655 are first doses with 13,113 administered in the past 24 hours. They have given out 2,872,341 second doses, 29,903 in the last day.

The state began to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine again in April, after the CDC and FDA lifted their pause on the vaccine due to a rare blood clot found in some women.

A total of 245,347 Marylanders have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 1,112 in the last day.

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The state reported 71.5% of all adults in Maryland have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The state reached Gov. Larry Hogan’s goal of 70% by Memorial Day.


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Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

By County

County Cases Deaths
Allegany 7,027 (211) 1*
Anne Arundel 43,877 (640) 15*
Baltimore 65,798 (1,625) 41*
Baltimore City 52,996 (1,212) 25*
Calvert 4,230 (84) 1*
Caroline 2,348 (30) 0*
Carroll 9,507 (247) 6*
Cecil 6,315 (150) 2*
Charles 10,916 (210) 2*
Dorchester 2,844 (64) 1*
Frederick 19,803 (331) 10*
Garrett 2,041 (64) 1*
Harford 16,609 (291) 5*
Howard 19,275 (245) 7*
Kent 1,350 (49) 2*
Montgomery 71,033 (1,565) 52*
Prince George’s 85,295 (1,544) 40*
Queen Anne’s 3,002 (50) 1*
St. Mary’s 6,039 (131) 0*
Somerset 2,616 (40) 0*
Talbot 2,169 (44) 0*
Washington 14,632 (324) 4*
Wicomico 7,703 (172) 0*
Worcester 3,672 (105) 1*
Data not available 0 (31) 1*

By Age Range and Gender

Age/Gender Cases Deaths
0-9 26,048 (3) 0*
10-19 47,568 (6) 1*
20-29 84,520 (42) 1*
30-39 78,997 (104) 6*
40-49 68,678 (285) 5*
50-59 68,606 (799) 32*
60-69 45,684 (1,602) 26*
70-79 25,080 (2,403) 43*
80+ 15,916 (4,213) 104*
Data not available 0 (2) 0*
Female 241,213 (4,577) 104*
Male 219,884 (4,882) 114*
Unknown Gender 0 (0) 0*

By Race and Ethnicity

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Race/Ethnicity Cases Deaths
African-American (NH) 143,396 (3,410) 80*
Asian (NH) 11,331 (322) 11*
White (NH) 162,970 (4,767) 106*
Hispanic 69,888 (831) 19*
Other (NH) 21,581 (100) 1*
Data not available 51,931 (29) 1*

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Everything you need to know about fully vaccinated cruises

The Crystal Serenity cruise ship. Crystal Cruises

  • Cruises are setting sail again, and many are requiring passengers to be fully vaccinated.
  • Cruise lines and ports of departure have different safety requirements and vaccine requirements.
  • Here's what you need to know before you plan a trip.
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Across the world, cruise ships are setting sail for the first time since the pandemic started. 

The CDC is urging every traveler — including those planning to board cruise ships — to be fully vaccinated.

Here's what you need to know before booking a fully vaccinated cruise.

Safety protocols could vary by your cruise's port of departure 

Passengers walk in front of a cruise wearing masks. Francis Gonzalez/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Cruise lines and departure port locations influence whether travelers are required to be fully vaccinated or not.

Officials in Texas and Florida have passed measures that ban businesses from requiring proof of vaccination in the state, which goes against some cruise lines' requirements, CBS reported. 

In a recent court ruling, a federal judge ruled that the CDC can't enforce its conditional sailing orders against Florida cruise ships, which required cruises to run "trial" voyages before operating passenger voyages and recommends that 95% of passengers are vaccinated, Insider previously reported.

Now, the CDC cannot enforce its order on ships within, departing from, or arriving at a Florida port, and starting July 18, the order will become a "non-binding" guideline for ship operators, according to CNN.

Check your cruise line for its vaccination requirement

A person holds up their vaccination passport. Getty

Many large cruise lines plan to continue to require a vaccine before boarding a ship. 

Carnival Cruise Lines' first cruises this summer sail from Galveston, Texas, July 3, and Miami, Florida, in July. Its first two cruises will both require everyone to be fully vaccinated, the cruise line announced in a statement.

On Celebrity Cruises, guests 16 and older will also be expected to bring their vaccination card. Starting August 2, passengers 12 and older will need to be vaccinated, according to Celebrity Cruises' website.

Norwegian Cruise Line requires vaccinations for every guest through at least October 31, its website states.

At the time of writing, American Queen Steamboat Company, Azamara, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Disney Cruise Lines in the UK, Grand Circle Cruise Line, Holland America, Lindblad Expeditions, Oceania Cruises, Ponant, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Saga,  Seabourn, Silversea, UnCruise Adventures, Victory Cruise Lines, Viking, Virgin Voyages, and Windstar Cruises require passengers to be vaccinated. 

Royal Caribbean International's vaccine requirements vary based on ships' ports of departure. The cruise line requires passengers 16 years and older on ships leaving from all US ports except Florida to be fully vaccinated but says passengers departing from Florida ports are "strongly recommended" to be vaccinated. Those who aren't fully vaccinated will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, according to Royal Caribbean's website.

As the vaccine continues to be accessible to younger people, more cruise companies may adapt their policies to require passengers 12 years and older to be vaccinated.

Many cruise lines are requiring workers to be vaccinated

Kate McCue was the first female captain of a mega cruise ship. Celebrity Cruises

While the passengers on the ship might not have to be fully vaccinated, many crew members do. 

Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Silversea are just a few cruises that require their workers to be fully vaccinated. 

What to expect onboard a cruise A birds-eye view of a cruise ship. Carl & Ann Purcell/Getty Images

Depending on the cruise, there may be a list of accepted vaccines, guidance on whether children need to quarantine beforehand, and other information on how the ship is preparing to welcome guests. 

The CDC's current guidelines state that if 95% of crew and 95% of passengers are vaccinated, it's up to the cruise's discretion whether masks and social distancing are in place.

The CDC also advises all passengers, even if they're fully vaccinated, to get tested for COVID-19 one to three days before their trip and three to five days after the trip. 

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