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Maryland enters Phase 2B of statewide COVID-19 vaccination plan

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the State of Maryland is now exceeding an average of 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered daily. The state is reporting 55,044 new vaccinations—a record high for a Monday—and a total of 2,619,551 to date. “Our daily vaccination rate continues to rise to record levels, and we are finally receiving the increase in …


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MEMA launches revamped COVID-19 rumor control page

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency on Monday unveiled a revamped and redesigned rumor control page that will help visitors more easily find accurate information related to the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccinations. It will also allow users to quickly check the accuracy of potential disinformation, misinformation, and rumors. The new page can be found online here and at https://bit.ly/Md-Covid19-Rumors. Visitors …


MEMA secures $19.3 million to prepare for and reduce risks of hazards, disasters, terrorist attacks

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced that it will receive a combined total of $19,331,363 for Fiscal Year 2021 from the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), and the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. The HSGP, NSGP, and EMPG are the three programs that constitute the DHS/FEMA focus on enhancing the …

State officials release Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force Operations Plan [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and Brigadier General Janeen Birckhead on Thursday announced the release of the Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force Operations Plan (PDF) to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines for hard-to-reach and underserved communities. They were joined by Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “We are announcing the very first vaccine equity operations plan in America to further …

Governor Hogan: Single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines arriving next week, face coverings required in school settings

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced the opening of a FEMA-supported mass vaccination site in Southern Maryland, in addition to expanded surveillance of COVID-19 variants, an executive order requiring face coverings in schools, the arrival of single-dose vaccines next week, and a warning regarding vaccine fraud in Maryland. “Following both the federal and state vaccination plans, we continue to …

WMVFC awarded $9,300 FEMA grant

WHITE MARSH, MD—The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Officials on Monday announced that WMVFC had received $9,300 in funding through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG-S 2). The grant will help WMVFC offset COVID-19-related expenses. Since 2001, FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain …

State of Maryland awarded over $341 million grant for COVID-19 response

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Emergency Management Agency announced this week that the state of Maryland will receive a $341 million federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency associated with COVID-19. This award provides funding to the Maryland Department of Health for personal protective equipment purchased to support the state’s healthcare workers and first responders. This grant, administered through MEMA’s Public …

Governor Hogan nominates Dennis R. Schrader as Secretary of Maryland Department of Health

BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has announced the nomination of Dennis R. Schrader as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health. Schrader has served as the Acting Secretary since December 2020, replacing Robert R. Neall, who retired. Schrader previously served as Acting Health Secretary of the Department in 2017 and as Deputy Secretary for Healthcare Financing and Chief Operating Officer from …