Gov. Larry Hogan’s Dec. 8 COVID-19 Press Conference

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Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on December 8, 2020, in the State House. The focus of the press conference was Maryland’s COVID-19 response.

Key Takeaways of the Press Conference

  • Governor Larry Hogan predicts the worst days for COVID-19 are ahead in the coming weeks and months.
  • The Governor announced additional information related to administering vaccinations to Marylanders.

Governor Hogan’s Remarks

  • The Governor said the highest priority continues to be the passage in Congress of a COVID-19 relief package.
  • The Governor touted Maryland’s direct role in the national effort to fight COVID-19. This includes companies such as Novavax and Emergent BioSolutions, along with 40 companies total, in the role in developing and manufacturing vaccines in innovation therapeutics.
  • To prepare for vaccinations, Maryland submitted a vaccination plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October. The State also spent $10 million for the strategic acquisition of syringes and supplies to administer vaccines.
  • The Governor continues to participate in regular meetings with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and is working closely with hospitals and local jurisdictions on ensuring vaccines reach the majority of the population and in a timely manner.
  • In order to further prepare Maryland, the Maryland Department of Health issued an order to expand the scope of practice for health care providers to administer vaccines with appropriate training and supervision. The December 8 order also provides that health care providers that are already capable of administering vaccines can do so at State-approved COVID-19 vaccination sites.
  • To help demonstrate confidence of safety of the vaccine, the Governor and Lt. Governor will both receive the vaccine publicly when available. They will also be leading a public health campaign to urge all Marylanders to get vaccinated.
  • Maryland’s initial allocation of the vaccine will only be 155,000 doses, but may rise to 300,000 by year’s end. There were no further announcements on the number of vaccine doses for Marylanders in 2021.
  • The Governor said it is clear that worst days of pandemic are in the weeks and months ahead.
  • Maryland has seen 35 straight days with more than 1,000 new daily cases. The seven-day positivity rate is 7.61%. The cases per 100,000 is 44.8. 4,755 Marylanders have died; 1,653 patients are hospitalized; and 396 patients are in the ICU.
  • 85% of acute beds are occupied. 87% of ICU beds are occupied. 142 surge beds are in use at surge hospitals, including at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Also see:

COVID-19: GBC Coverage and Response

Special Update on State and Federal Legislation Related to COVID-19

Coverage of GBC Member companies’ philanthropic responses to COVID-19

News Coverage of GBC COVID-19 Events