BREAKING: Gov. Hogan announces closure of Md. public schools, provides updates on coronavirus in the state
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Thursday to provide updates on the coronavirus, including the first confirmed case of community transmission of the virus in the state.
He says the person is a Prince George’s County resident who had no known exposure through travel or an infected person. Because of this, Hogan says we are now entering a new phase of working to limit the spread of this pandemic.
As a result, all Maryland public schools will be closed from March 16th through 27th. During this time, all schools and school buses will be deep cleaned. Plans for childcare services are currently being developed by education facilities.
Hogan has directed the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to move to its highest activation level, and he has enacted an executive order to activate the National Guard. The cruise ship terminal at the Port of Baltimore is closed.
- All non-essential state employees who are approved to telework will be required to do so
- Public access to state buildings has been restricted
- Social, community, religious, recreational, or sports gatherings or events of more than 250 people are prohibited
- Hospitals must put visitation restrictions in place