Gov. Larry Hogan issues State of Emergency

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Today Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference to address the COVID-19 surge.

Effective immediately, Maryland is in a State of Emergency. He declares this will last 30 days to take urgent short-term actions to combat the COVID-19 winter surge. Hogan says these next few weeks will be the most challenging of the pandemic.

Maryland hit a record high of 3,057 COVID hospitalizations, marking an increase of more than 500% in the last 7 weeks. Newest reports show that COVID hospitalizations could reach 5,000, which is more than 250% higher than the previous peak.

Governor Larry Hogan also announced

  • Authorization of Maryland Secretary of Health to regulate hospital personnel, bed space, and supplies.
  • Expansion of EMS Workforce
  • Mobilization of 1,000 members of the Maryland National Guard
  • Opening 20 new hospital-adjacent testing sites across the state,
  • Authorization of booster shots for 12 to 15-year-olds
  • Calls for federal action on monoclonal antibodies, rapid tests, COVID-19 antiviral pills,
  • and Calling on Maryland employers to incentivize vaccinations and boosters, and encourage masks or face coverings.

You can read the executive order here.

Categories: Coronavirus, Health, Local News, Maryland