Governor Larry Hogan’s Nov. 12 COVID-19 Press Conference

The Latest on COVID-19 in Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on November 12, 2020, at 4 p.m. in the State House. The focus of the press conference was Maryland’s COVID-19 response. He was joined by Lourdes Padilla, Secretary, Maryland Department of Human Services, and Jinlene Chan, M.D., Acting Deputy Secretary, Public Health Services.

Key Takeaways

  • Governor Hogan said the next few months may be the most difficult of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Governor cautioned that our collective actions now will determine what further steps will be needed.
  • The Governor announced initiatives and additional investments to protect the health and safety of Marylanders from COVID-19 through the distribution of $70 million of CARES Act funding.

Governor Hogan’s Remarks

  • The Governor described the latest spike as “out of control” and said there is now widespread community transmission in Maryland. Maryland’s entire COVID-19 response team is on high alert and monitoring public health metrics.
  • He reported that 460,000 Marylanders have opted in to COVID-19 alert notifications on mobile phones.
  • The Governor criticized both parties in Washington, D.C., for failure to reach a stimulus package agreement.
  • He reiterated the call for counties to spend their remaining CARES Act funding. Counties must disburse or allocate funding within the next 48 days. 

COVID-19 Statistics

  • To date, there are 159,900 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, including 1,477 in the previous 24 hours. The U.S. saw 144,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 11, which is the nation’s largest one day total ever.
  • Maryland’s seven-day positivity rate increases again to 5.65%, putting the state in the red zone for case rates. Average cases per 100,000 is 22.8.
  • COVID hospitalizations in Maryland increased by 53% over past two weeks. This is the highest total number of hospitalizations since June 11. Nationwide, the U.S. is averaging 1,600 new hospitalizations daily. There are 64,000 hospitalizations currently in the U.S.
  • To date, 4,112 Marylanders have died from COVID-19. Nationwide, the number is 247,000.

Maryland Facts

  • 81,000 Maryland businesses have received $10 billion of federal PPP funding.
  • $8 billion in unemployment has been provided to Marylanders.
  • $250 million in grants and loans has been provided through State resources to businesses. That investment was recently doubled to $500 million through new and existing relief programs.
  • 40 Maryland companies are currently working on vaccines and therapies, including Gaithersburg-based Novavax, which is adding 400 jobs.

CARES Act Funding Initiatives

Governor Hogan announced a plan to distribute $70 million in CARES Act funding to further bolster the response to COVID-19. The funding will be spent as follows:

  • $20 million for continuing to build up a strategic stockpile of PPE.
  • $15 million additional to Maryland Department of Labor to add more staffing to deal with unemployment claims.
  • $10 million more in rental housing assistance programs to cover rent payments for low income tenants.
  • $10 million is being invested for the acquisition of necessary vaccination supplies to help the State act immediately when the vaccine becomes available.
  • $10 million in additional support for Maryland food banks.
  • $2 million in emergency support for foster care providers.
  • $2 million for Maryland Department of Human Services to increase capacity.
  • $1 million for wastewater sampling program to detect COVID-19 outbreaks.

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