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Here is what the Maryland governor announced today

Maryland is one of just 8 states where new cases are low and staying low. The statewide positivity rate is one of the lowest in America (3.1%). State health officials are closely monitoring an uptick in hospitalizations over the past two weeks. However, hospitalizations are still down 73% from the peak, and we have seen a nearly 80% decline in ICU levels since they peaked in May.

According to the CDC, Maryland currently has one of the lowest death rates in the country with 0.7 new deaths per 100,000 people. Twice this month, for the first time since the pandemic began, Maryland reported no new #COVID19 deaths statewide.

The governor cautions that while Maryland is making steady progress, spiking numbers in our region and across the country are an important reminder that this crisis is far from over.

Contact tracing continues to show that social gatherings remain the most likely source of transmission. Family gatherings and house parties are the top activities of those who have tested positive.

Masks and distancing remain our most effective mitigation strategies. Marylanders are also encouraged to continue to avoid large crowds, gatherings, and congregate settings as much as possible.

The governor continues with an update on Maryland’s economic recovery. We have now added and re-gained nearly 200,000 jobs since our recovery began.

Larry Hogan: “The failure of Washington to provide additional stimulus relief for our small businesses, struggling families, and to the states for economic recovery is having a devastating impact.”

“We need both parties in Washington to stop playing politics, to end the gridlock, and to get this done for the American people. Our small business community and our struggling Marylanders who depend on them for their jobs cannot afford to wait any longer.”

announces the ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative,’ which includes the investment of $250 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund for a total economic relief package of $500 million.

This new $250 million investment will fund a combination of new relief programs and an expansion of successful existing relief programs.

SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS. The governor announces $50 million for the third installment of the ‘Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Fund’ to fully fund the entire backlog of grant applications already received and reviewed by Maryland Commerce

RESTAURANT RELIEF. $50 million in direct grant relief for the state’s more than 11,500 restaurants. Eligible use of funds includes such things as: working capital, sanitization services, payroll and rent, purchase of PPE, upgraded technology, and infrastructure improvements.

DIRECT RELIEF FOR MAIN STREETS. The governor’s initiative provides $20 million through

Maryland Housing to hard-hit business and local entertainment venues within Main Street Maryland organizations and Baltimore Main Street programs.

WORKFORCE RETENTION. $20 million for the state’s ‘COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund’ which has already helped small businesses with an average of 20 employees stay open and has saved nearly 9,000 Maryland jobs.

SMALL AND MINORITY BUSINESS LOW-INTEREST LOANS. The governor announces $5 million to double funding for low-interest loans to small and minority businesses.

HOMETOWN TOURISM PROGRAM. $2 million will go to support hometown tourism efforts that promote our restaurants and local attractions and shops.

ARTS ORGANIZATION FUNDING. The governor’s initiative doubles funding, with an additional $3 million for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Emergency Grant Program.

RAPID RESPONSE FUND. The governor announces a dedicated emergency rapid response fund of $100 million that will be available to immediately deploy to other areas of economic need as we move forward.

Gov. Hogan: “This has been a very long and difficult year for all of us, but the only way we can continue to make progress is by all of us doing our part and looking out for one another.”

“We need to recommit to the simple actions that can keep our families and our neighbors safe...Only the people of Maryland have the power to slow the spread, prevent the surge, and to keep Maryland open for business.”

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