Maryland added 1,297 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and hospitalizations increased, according to data from the State Department of Health. The state has recorded 421,823 cases since the beginning of the pandemic and 8,224 deaths, up 21 from Wednesday. Hospitalizations stand at 1,216, up 16 from the last day. Of those, there are 281 in ICU beds and 935 in acute care. The state’s positivity rate went down again, now at 5.56%.