Governor Hogan extends emergency order in response to nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan announced on Friday that he has extended the State of Emergency in Maryland following a spike in nationwide covid-19 cases.
As of Friday, Maryland’s Department of Health reported 144,314 confirmed statewide cases of COVID-19, including 3,990 deaths. Currently the state’s positivity rate sits at 3.71 percent.
Despite a rise in new cases throughout the nation, Maryland’s positivity rate remains better than 39 other states, with a case rate lower than 41 other states.
In a statement, Gov. Hogan said in part, “This crisis is far from over, and this virus does not recognize state borders. I want to remind Marylanders that the only way to keep our state open for business is to avoid traveling to hotspots and continue following the public health guidelines. We cannot let our guard down, and we must remain vigilant.”