More than two years after the start of the pandemic, Covid-19 cases are on the rise nationally, including in Maryland, creating fears that we may be heading into a fifth wave of the deadly disease.

The Maryland Department of Health reports cases are rising, but hospitalizations remain relatively low.

Still, for the first time since February, the state is seeing more than 400 people hospitalized with 426 patients occupying hospital beds due to Covid. An uptick in hospitalizations often lags an increase in infections.

The positivity rate in Maryland stands at 8.39%, which is above the 5% threshold indicating widespread infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still considers the risk to Marylanders to be low for the time being.... Read More: FOX45