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Governor Hogan declares 30-day state of emergency, activates Maryland National Guard to respond to COVID-19 surge [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday declared a 30-day state of emergency to take urgent short-term actions to combat the current COVID-19 surge and mobilized 1,000 members of the Maryland National Guard to assist state and local health officials with the ongoing pandemic response. On Tuesday, Maryland hit a record high 3,057 COVID-19 hospitalizations, which is an increase of more …


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Maryland Department of Health begins to offer oral COVID-19 antiviral medications statewide

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Friday announced that it is working with congregate care facilities, local health clinics, physicians, and pharmacies statewide to distribute the newly authorized antiviral medicines: Paxlovid and Molnupiravir. These prescription pill regimens are the first oral antiviral treatments given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for adults who test …


Governor Hogan announces new efforts to prepare Maryland nursing homes for COVID-19 winter surge

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced new efforts to help Maryland nursing homes prepare for a winter surge of COVID-19. “We continue to work closely with our nursing homes to protect our most vulnerable residents against COVID-19,” said Governor Hogan. “Just as these facilities offer vaccines and booster shots, we want to make sure they are offering antibody treatments …

Maryland hospitals to establish community-based monoclonal antibody infusion programs, offer in-home infusions to fight surge

ANNAPOLIS, MD—As the state surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Friday, Governor Larry Hogan announced a series of actions to ensure hospitals are prepared for current and future surges due to the convergence of the flu, and the Delta and Omicron variants. “Maryland has begun to see an uptick in our key health metrics, and we are increasingly concerned by the …

Governor Hogan encourages eligible Marylanders to get COVID-19 booster shots, details outreach efforts [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—In response to widespread confusion over existing federal guidance, Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced the current status of COVID-19 booster shot eligibility in the State of Maryland, and strongly encouraged those Marylanders who are eligible to immediately get their booster shot. “If you are confused about boosters, you are not alone,” said Governor Hogan. “In spite of that, …

Governor Hogan announces door-to-door vaccination campaign, booster shots for seniors [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday afternoon announced that the State of Maryland is immediately authorizing COVID-19 booster shots for all Marylanders 65 and older who are living in congregate care settings, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential drug treatment centers, and developmentally disabled group homes. “For several weeks now, states have had to operate without clear guidance from …

Governor Hogan announces new vaccination protocols for Maryland nursing home, hospital workers [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—As the State of Maryland continues to prioritize reducing COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths among the most vulnerable residents, Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced new vaccination protocols for all nursing home and hospital staff. Effective immediately, all employees of the state’s 227 nursing homes and all employees of Maryland hospitals will be required to show proof of vaccination, or …

Maryland Department of Health encourages physicians, patients to consider monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday encouraged physicians and patients to consider monoclonal antibody treatment, which has been shown to reduce the severity of symptoms and prevent hospitalization in people with mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19. A new online referral portal through CRISP, the state’s electronic health information exchange, will allow physicians to more efficiently refer COVID-19 …