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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 …


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Governor Hogan mobilizes medical staffing surge to fight COVID-19 uptick [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—As the State of Maryland continues to fight COVID-19, Governor Larry Hogan on Monday afternoon announced a series of actions to mobilize a medical staffing surge to prevent overburdening the state’s healthcare system. “The current surge is not only increasing the burden on our healthcare system and filling available hospital beds, but it is also affecting our healthcare workers …


On World AIDS Day, MDH reminds Marylanders that free HIV home testing is available

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health marked World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1, by encouraging Marylanders to take advantage of the HIV home-testing kits offered through the Virginia and Maryland Home HIV Testing Program. To help address a decline in individuals seeking HIV testing and care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the program now makes HIV home-testing kits available to …

Maryland Department of Health launches MD COVID Alert [VIDEO]

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday announced the launch of MD COVID Alert, the official COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Express system of Maryland. MD COVID Alert uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to quickly notify users who might have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 with the goal of reducing infections in Maryland. “MD COVID Alert complements …

Early voting begins in Maryland, Health Ambassadors deployed to polling places

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Early voting in the 2020 general election began on Monday, October 26, and residents are encouraged to vote early and at off-peak times to avoid long lines. Baltimore County residents can now cast their votes from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through November 2 at eleven early voting sites. Citizens can make a plan to vote and find their …

Maryland Department of Health launches virtual mental health first aid training for first responders

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health this week announced the launch of a new virtual form of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Maryland, which will be offered to firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police, in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System (MIEMSS). MHFA Maryland has trained over 40,000 individuals and professionals in identifying the signs and …

Governor Hogan announces Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccination plan

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced the release of the State of Maryland’s initial draft COVID-19 mass vaccination plan, which was submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. “In anticipation of a COVID-19 vaccine, Maryland stands ready to order, distribute, and administer it effectively and rapidly as soon as a vaccine becomes available,” said Governor …

Maryland stadiums, outdoor venues allowed to reopen at 10% capacity

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall on Friday issued orders updating safe capacity limits for outdoor sporting and entertainment venues, while maintaining face covering requirements and strict public health protocols. “With our key health metrics low and stable, we are taking steps to allow more spectators, including fans of the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington …