Gov. Larry Hogan To Give COVID-19 Update
Gov. Larry Hogan will give Marylanders a COVID-19 update in Annapolis Tuesday.
He is set to speak at 5 p.m. on how the state is handling the virus.
reports 156,709 confirmed cases of COVID19 in Maryland. The statewide positivity rate is now 5.24% Maryland has 4,084 deaths, 1,891,138 negative tests and 8,305 patients have been released from isolation.
The governor begins with a #COVID19 data update, reporting that most of our key metrics have “worsened considerably” since last week with widespread community transmission. CASES AND POSITIVITY. Maryland has had seven straight days with more than 1,000 new cases. Yesterday, for the first time since June 25, our 7-day statewide positivity rate crossed over the 5% benchmark of the CDC and WHO.
HOSPITALIZATIONS. Nationwide, #COVID19 hospitalizations surged to a record high yesterday with over 59,000 patients. In Maryland, total COVID hospitalizations are at 761 (highest since June 13) and 176 patients are in ICU (highest since June 27). CASE RATE. Maryland’s case rate has risen to 19.8 per 100K, a 36% increase in the past week. Case rates are above 10 per 100K in 18 jurisdictions and above 20 per 100K in 7 jurisdictions.
ALLEGANY TESTING SITE. In response to the rising case rate in Allegany County, the governor announces that the new state-run testing site at the Allegany County Fairgrounds will be fully operational tomorrow.
CONTACT TRACING. Our contact tracing data continues to indicate that family gatherings are the most common activity among those who were recently infected with #COVID19. Increased number of cases report they were working outside their home. Contact tracing shows a marked increase in the number of people infected with the virus who recently dined indoors at a restaurant and among those who traveled out of state.
Gov Larry Hogan “The virus has returned to our state in a big way. We absolutely must, and we will, continue to use every tool at our disposal.”
“We do not want to take actions that will further burden our struggling small businesses, or actions to shut down our economy. Our primary goals continue to be keeping our hospitals from overflowing and stopping more Marylanders from dying.”
INDOOR DINING. Effective tomorrow, November 11 at 5pm, the capacity for indoor operations at bars and restaurants will be reduced from 75% back to 50% for seated and distanced service only.
INDOOR GATHERINGS. Consistent with all of our contact tracing data,
@MDHealthDept is issuing a new public health advisory strongly warning against any indoor gatherings of 25 people or more.
@MDHealthDept is issuing an expanded advisory for all out-of-state travel. All Marylanders are strongly advised to avoid all nonessential travel to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or an average case rate of 20 cases per 100K.
MANDATORY TELEWORKING. Effective immediately, all state employees who are approved to telework must once again begin a period of mandatory telework except for essential, direct, public-facing services and essential personnel.
HOSPITAL SURGE CAPACITY.
@MDHealthDept is issuing an emergency order to activate the next level of our hospital surge capacity planning by adding alternative care site capacity, and providing additional staffing support and clinical care to nursing homes.
NURSING HOME GUIDANCE.
@MDHealthDept is also issuing updated guidance to slow the spread of #COVID19 at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Visitors should get tested, staff should avoid gatherings, and nursing homes should develop sufficient PPE stockpile.
Gov Larry Hogan “These actions are absolutely necessary to help us withstand this surge, to save lives, and to keep Maryland on the road to recovery and open for business.”
The governor stresses the importance of compliance with all existing and new state orders. Urges county leaders to ramp up enforcement efforts, and commends Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County for recent actions to close facilities that refused to follow state law.
The governor also urges counties to step up the pace of their relief efforts. The deadline for state and local governments to spend CARES Act funding is December 30.
The governor says local leaders should implement more restrictive policies if deemed necessary based on conditions in their individual jurisdictions. The state may need to take additional actions in the weeks ahead if situation continues to deteriorate.
“This virus does not care if you are tired of it. It does not care if you have holiday plans. It does not care who you voted for, and it will not let us move on just because we all want to get back to our normal lives…”
“...Marylanders helped crush the curve once, and we can – and will – do it again with your help.”