Baltimore CIty officials say coronavirus cases are rising at a rate outstripping increased testing.

"Let me be clear, COVID is not making exceptions. We all have to be asking about how we can better protect our family, friends and neighbors," Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said. "Baltimore is different from our surrounding jurisdictions. It is a densely populated urban city and that presents its own set of challenges."

Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa said the city is seeing a rise in the average number of new cases per day from week to week. As of Tuesday, the city's positivity rate was 6.2%.

"All of these data are indicative of the resurgence of new cases in Baltimore," Dzirasa said. "Put simply if you are outside of your home, keep a face covering on you at all times. If you are close enough to say hello to someone while you are out, please wear a face covering at all times."

The city instituted stricter mask requirements last week. On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statewide order that mirrored the city's guidance. Read more at WBAL