MD Governor Larry Hogan Announces Temporary State of Emergency

On January 4, 2022, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he would be instituting a temporary state of emergency over the next 30 days. The new executive initiatives include giving the state health secretary broader authority to assist hospitals with ballooning bed occupancy rates and staff shortages, mobilizes 1,000 members of the National Guard, and opens 20 new coronavirus testing sites near hospitals. He declined to implement a mask mandate, citing concerns of unenforceability, but directed state employers to incentivize them in workplaces and encourage vaccinations and boosters. He also called upon the federal government to increase its supplies of monoclonal antibodies, rapid test kits, and COVID-19 antiviral pills. Current Covid projections predict over 5,000 hospitalizations, more than 250% higher than the previous peak.

Read the Baltimore Sun article here.