Health, Politics

Governor Hogan enacts executive order to further expand health care staffing in hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday enacted an executive order expanding the state’s efforts to support health care facilities in addressing staffing shortages. In addition, the state’s health metrics continue to substantially improve, with COVID-19 hospitalizations dropping at the fastest rate in the United States. Monday’s executive order takes the following actions: Provides more licensing flexibility for pharmacists and technicians …


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Baltimore County Public Schools officials announce new COVID-19 isolation, quarantine guidelines

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines. Effective Tuesday, January 18, 2022, BCPS will follow the new procedures below, which they say are in alignment with updated state and county guidance. ISOLATION PROCEDURES Student/Staff has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19: Students and staff must stay home for at least five …


Governor Hogan announces distribution of 20 million N95, KN95 masks to Marylanders; six additional hospital-based testing sites to open [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday visited the location of a new state-run COVID-19 testing site at UM Shore Regional Health in Easton and announced the locations for five additional hospital-based testing sites that will open by the end of next week. The governor also announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will begin distributing 20 million N95 and …

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 …

Governor Hogan announces indoor masking requirement in state buildings, state employee union agreements

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced additional actions to address the current rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, including measures to safeguard the health of state employees and citizens entering state buildings and facilities. In addition, the governor announced that the state has completed historic agreements with the two largest state employee unions that will lead to significant salary increases and …

Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 testing, vaccination sites to be closed Monday due to inclement weather

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health has announced that many COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites will be impacted on Monday by the incoming winter storm. Residents should verify the operating status of any site before visiting. Contact information for sites across the state can be found in the listings at https://COVIDtest.Maryland.gov and https://COVIDvax.Maryland.gov. The following state-run sites will be closed …

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 …

BCPS to resume in-person learning on January 3, Councilman Marks applauds decision

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools will resume in-person learning on January 3, Superintendent Darryl Williams announced on Thursday. With cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant rising across the state, the Maryland State Department of Education had, this week, urged schools to resume in-person learning after the holiday break and Baltimore County Councilman David Marks issued a statement echoing this sentiment. “With …