Health, Politics, Sci-Tech

Governor Hogan announces COVIDReady Maryland to guide state’s long-term preparedness efforts [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced COVIDReady Maryland, the state’s long-term preparedness plan to maximize the tools and treatments available to keep people healthy and maintain a state of readiness to respond to emerging variants and potential waves. The plan, which emphasizes infrastructure, awareness, and adaptability, builds on the successful data-driven strategies that the state implemented throughout the pandemic. …


Health, Politics, Sci-Tech

Governor Hogan announces end of mask requirement in state buildings

ANNAPOLIS, MD—With the state’s health metrics continuing to substantially decline, Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced that the requirement for masks and face coverings to be worn in state buildings will end next week. In addition, the governor has called on the State Board of Education to rescind its school mask policy, and encourages parents who want to weigh in …


Governor Hogan announced Healthcare Heroes Poster Competition, VaxCash 2.0 promotion [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced a new Healthcare Heroes Poster Competition and a COVID-19 booster shot action plan. The plan includes the launch of a $2 million VaxCash 2.0 Promotion, which will award $2 million in cash prizes to a total of 12 Maryland residents who have received their booster shot. The promotion kicks off next Tuesday, February …

Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 1,500, state of emergency ends

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the State of Maryland have dropped below 1,500, as the state continues to report substantial declines in health metrics. Thursday marks the end of the 30-day state of emergency that the governor declared last month. In Wednesday night’s State of the State address, the governor said, “With swift and …

Maryland COVID-19 hospitalizations dropping at fastest rate in U.S., positivity rate falls to single digits

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Monday announced that Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped below 10 percent, as the state continues to report substantial declines in key health metrics. “For the second straight day, our positivity rate is in single digits, another sign of the encouraging progress we are making,” said Governor Hogan. “While we are emerging from the Omicron …

Maryland has lowest COVID-19 case rate in U.S., hospitalizations down 35 percent

ANNAPOLIS, MD—At Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Public Works, Governor Larry Hogan provided an update on the state’s progress during the COVID-19 state of emergency. “The current data continues to show very encouraging trends,” said Governor Hogan. “As of today, 94.3% of Maryland adults have gotten vaccinated…I want to thank the entire team that has helped make this one …

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 …

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 …