At 2 p.m. on February 11, Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference to discuss COVID-19 updates. Due to a 46% drop in positivity rates to pre-winter levels over the past four weeks, the Maryland Department of Health will be allowing limited visitation to hospitals and nursing homes on March 1.
The Governor also praised the Maryland school systems that are (or will soon be) reopening, citing 22 county school systems that will have in-person learning by March 1.
Key Takeaways from the Press Conference
Gov. Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Health and Maryland State Department of Education will collaborate to provide 1 million tests to school systems between now and June. These tests will be available to both public and non-public schools, and can be used to establish a testing program or as a supplement to an existing testing program. In addition, unlimited supplies of PPE will be made available to all schools.
The Governor recounted his continued discussions with the Biden Administration, outlining three major proposals for the federal government to consider — the activation of the Defense Protection Act to allow for the manufacturing of more vaccines, closer coordination with individual states regarding vaccine allocation and taking a larger role in the vaccination of federal employees.
Updates Regarding Maryland’s Vaccination Sites
- The M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site will open February 25.
- A statewide call center for vaccination appointments will be established next week.
- The single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine candidate will hopefully be approved by the end of the month.
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- Statement of Donald C. Fry, President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on New State Measures to Assist Small Business Affected by Covid-19 Pandemic
- Mayor Brandon Scott announces tighter restrictions to fight COVID-19 pandemic in Baltimore
- Congressional Letter of Support from the Business Community: COVD-19 Federal Relief
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