Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Nov. 10, 2020, in the State House. The focus of the press conference was Maryland’s COVID-19 response. He was joined at the press conference by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford; former Anne Arundel County Executive and COVID-19 task force member, Steve Schuh; and Dr. Ted Delbridge, Executive Director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.
Key Takeaways of Press Conference
- Governor Hogan warned that COVID-19 infections were increasing and the rise in cases is becoming more serious resulting in additional actions being taken.
- This week, the State of Maryland crossed the 5% testing positivity threshold, an important benchmark used by the Centers for Disease Control to identify and measure coronavirus outbreak.
- The Governor issued a number of actions effective on Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. to stem the increase in COVID-19, including increased health care system surge planning, reduced bar and restaurant capacity, use of masks for indoor gatherings of 25 or more, increased enforcement of COVID-19 prevention guidelines, expansion of out-of-state travel advisories, mandatory telework for non-essential State employees, and increased telework precautions for the private sector.
Governor Hogan’s Remarks
- Last week, Hogan warned Marylanders about a COVID-19 surge.
- This week, the Governor said that upticks in metrics and spiking numbers in Maryland were concerning.
- Maryland has had seven straight days with more than 1,000 new cases and those numbers continue to rise. On Nov. 10, the State saw 1,338 new cases.
- On Nov. 9, the seven-day statewide positivity rate was 5.05%, crossing the CDC’s benchmark for the first time in Maryland since June 25. The current positivity rate is 5.24%.
- Nationwide, hospitalizations surged to a record high Nov. 9 to 59,000. In Maryland, there are 761 hospitalized, the highest number since June 14. There are 176 patients in Maryland ICUs.
- Maryland is now in the federally-defined red zone with 19.8 cases per 100,000 residents. Maryland is doing better case-wise than 40 other states, but increases in infections are concerning.
- The Governor warned that family gatherings remain the highest risk activity according to contact tracing.
- The Governor warned that Marylanders cannot afford to ignore trends and patterns related to COVID-19 and he chastised those with “COVID fatigue,” saying too many are not complying with COVID-19 health laws and regulations.
The Governor said, a number of measures will be effective Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.:
- Capacity of indoor operations at bars and restaurants will be reduced from 75% to 50%.
- The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is issuing a public health advisory against any indoor gatherings of 25 or more.
- MDH is issuing an expanded advisory for out of state travel – all Marylanders are strongly advised against out-of-state travel to states with high positivity rates.
- All state employees must perform mandatory telework unless they are determined essential personnel.
- All employers should limit workers in offices to only essential personnel and staggering employee hours when possible.
- The State will increase surge planning measures and add alternative care site capacity.
- The State will provide staffing support and clinical care to nursing homes. Marylanders should get tested before visiting nursing homes, staff should maintain increased vigilance, and facilities should prepare PPE stockpile for the winter months.
Governor Hogan said these actions are necessary to withstand the surge of coronavirus and lead to the road to recovery. These guidelines will be enforced and the State orders carry the full force of the law. Local partners must immediately ramp up enforcement efforts. Governor Hogan also urged counties to quicken the pace of relief efforts, including CARES Act funding.
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