Governor Larry Hogan provides update on COVID-19 in Maryland
MARYLAND – On Wednesday Maryland Governor Larry Hogan just addressed the state about COVID-19. Governor Hogan says that the state’s reopening process is going well – but he’s worried about spikes in cases in surrounding states.
The governor made no major announcements. But the governor says overall – Maryland’s positivity rate has gone down by more than 80%. Right now the state is working to help lower the positivity rate in people younger than 35. Governor Hogan says the state has enough test kits to last through November – but is prepared to order more if needed. The Governor also urged bars and restaurants to follow state guidance for safe operations – and warned that he was ready to crack down harder if necessary.
The major message was that stopping the spread starts with Marylanders following safety guidelines – and cooperating with contact tracing.
The governor was also joined by Maryland School superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon – who says the state is allowing flexibility for schools to reopen. Maryland schools have until August 14th to submit their plans for fall learning. Dr. Salmon says they understand parents want answers.
Dr. Salmon says masks will definitely be required in schools. Wednesday night they released specific guidance for the state on mask use. Also – protocols are in place for schools to follow if anyone tests positive. Plus – schools will have benchmarks to hit to allow in-person learning. To read a full list of the protocols you can find it here on 47ABC.