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Maryland’s average daily coronavirus caseload drops to lowest level in weeks

Nurses screen patients for the coronavirus at a drive-through site outside MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md.
Nurses screen patients for the coronavirus at a drive-through site outside MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. (Win Mcnamee/AFP/Getty Images)
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Maryland’s seven-day average coronavirus caseload dropped to its lowest level in weeks Tuesday as the state recorded a new low in its test positivity rate.

The state’s average number of new daily cases stood at 713 after a decline that began at the start of August. It is the lowest number of average daily cases since July 19 and comes as health experts say the greater Washington region could be putting a lid on recent infection spikes.

Maryland’s seven-day average positivity rate dropped Tuesday to 3.5 percent, the lowest level since the start of the pandemic. Baltimore city and Baltimore County — which had seen a recent rise in infections — notched their lowest positivity rates since late March.

Coronavirus cases, deaths and the latest metrics in the Washington region

Prince George’s County, which was hit hard during the height of the pandemic, recorded a record-low rate of positive tests, while its average daily caseload dropped to 132 — the lowest since July 24. Infection rates have continued to hold steady in Montgomery County.

In Virginia, average daily caseloads have changed little since late July. Northern Virginia has seen a slight rise, with Arlington County recently recording its highest daily average since June 3. Fairfax County’s seven-day average stood at 80 cases, up slightly compared with recent weeks.

In D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) on Tuesday announced the relaunch of a program created in 2018 that will now provide financial help to homeowners who need assistance paying their mortgage as a result of the pandemic. Residents who qualify for the D.C. Mortgage Assistance Program can receive loans toward paying a mortgage for up to six months.

“By repurposing this existing assistance program, we can provide homeowners with some peace of mind and help relieve some of the financial burden during this public health emergency,” Bowser tweeted.

D.C., Maryland and Virginia reported 1,670 new cases Tuesday. An additional 32 fatalities brought the region’s death toll since the start of the pandemic to 6,541.

D.C. reported 89 new cases and two new deaths, Virginia reported 996 cases and 17 deaths, and Maryland reported 585 cases and 13 deaths.