More rapid tests and KN95 and N95 masks to be distributed to Marylanders

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MARYLAND – On Thursday, Governor Larry Hogan provided an update on the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

All of Maryland’s current COVID-19 data is showing positive trends, with many key metrics declining. Specifically in Maryland, cases are decreasing at the second-best rate in America. The positivity rate is down 40% since the peak 15 days ago. The case rate is down 44% since the peak 12 days ago. To be clear, both case rate and positivity rate are declining among ALL age groups.

Hospitalizations have declined for 8 consecutive days, that number now below 3,000 for the first time since January 2nd. Pediatric hospitalizations make up 1% of overall cases. For COVID deaths, officials say the number is a lagging indicator and they anticipate the number of deaths to rise in the short term before peaking and then begin declining.

The state of Maryland has now administered over 10.8 million vaccines. The daily vaccination rate increased by 60% as a result of the state of emergency.

  • 93.9% of Maryland adults have been vaccinated
  • 40% of 5-11-year-olds vaccinated (one of the highest rates in the country)

Governor Hogan says “All of this progress is very encouraging, but we are not out of the woods yet.”

Governor Hogan announced new COVID testing sites set to open this week.

  • LifeBridge Health site is now operational
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center site opens tomorrow
  • Federally-supported site at St. Agnes Hospital opens Saturday

Also, Governor Hogan put in an order for rapid tests however the government cut that number in half.

“One of our previous orders of 800,000 tests which has been cut in half on Friday is now going to be restored in full and we hope to make full progress with providers as well,” he says. The governor thanks Jeff Zients and White House officials for working to correct the issue.

Governor Hogan says the state is working with the Maryland State Department of Education to distribute 3 million additional KN95 masks to local schools. An additional 5 million dollars will be given to hospitals to support staffing needs.

Lastly, Governor Hogan will introduce the Health Care Heroes Act to address workforce shortages at health care facilities on Monday.

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