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Gov. Hogan: Preakness, primary election postponed; emissions stations to be used for drive-thru coronavirus testing

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Tuesday morning regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

At the news briefing, Governor Hogan announced that the state’s April 28 primary elections would be postponed until June 2nd. The State Board of Elections will develop a comprehensive plan to conduct this election.

Maryland will proceed with the special general election for the 7th Congressional District, to ensure the state has full representation in Congress as soon as possible.

The Preakness Stakes will most likely be postponed until September.

Officials are working to convert Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program centers into drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers across the state.

Authorities are also taking steps to limit foot traffic at BWI Marshall Airport, discouraging anyone from entering terminal unless traveling or reporting for work.

The MDTA will move to cashless tolling statewide. Consistent with the Metro, the state will be reducing MARC service.

Governor Hogan is asking the federal government to extend REAL ID deadline for all states.

MSDE Superintendent Karen Salmon says that local school superintendents have submitted plans for continuity of instruction should schools be closed for extended periods. Those plans will be reviewed on Tuesday and evaluated to determine what additional state resources may be needed. Decisions regarding extended closure will be made in the next week.

Maryland now has 57 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

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