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Olszewski: Baltimore County to ‘determine next steps within 24 hours’

UPDATE: Baltimore County Councilman David Marks issuer the following statement on Wednesday evening:

”Governor Hogan has laid out a cautious plan to reopen Maryland’s economy. Should the Baltimore County administration want to go in a different direction, I look forward to a discussion with the seven Councilmembers first.”

Original story below…


NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Wednesday issued a statement indicating that he and Baltimore Mayor Jack Young were concerned about reopening too quickly in the wake of Governor Larry Hogan’s press conference.

Earlier on Wednesday, Governor Hogan indicated that the state was ready to initiate phase one of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery and that some businesses could begin to reopen. In addition, the governor stated that his stay-at-home order would expire at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Shortly thereafter, County Executive Olszewski stated that he was taking a close look at the actions announced by the governor.

”As Governor Hogan has acknowledged, there is not a statewide, one-size fits all approach to (reopening), and just four jurisdictions have 72 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases,” said Olszewski in a joint statement with Mayor Young. “Baltimore City and Baltimore County are two of those jurisdictions.”

”For the Baltimore region to safely move into all of Phase One, we need more access to personal protective equipment, as well as increased testing capacity and more robust contact tracing,” Olszewski added.

“We are taking a close look at the specific actions announced today, and we will determine our next steps in the next 24 hours,” Olszewski and Young concluded. “We acknowledge that this will not be welcome news to all of our residents.”

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