Annapolis, MD— Governor Larry Hogan today announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state of Maryland have fallen below 1,500 as the state continues to report substantial declines in health metrics. Today marks the end of the 30 day state of emergency the governor said last month.
Last night in his State Address State, the governor said, “With quick and decisive actions and the vigilance of the people of Maryland, I am pleased to report that we have beaten back another dangerous variant of COVID-19, and tomorrow the state of emergency will take end in Maryland. Our long-term public health response will continue. Our surge capacity, our test and trace operations, our vaccination clinics – all of these things will remain in place as part of ongoing government operations.
Maryland continues to report substantial declines in key health metrics:
Additionally, Maryland is almost 95% of adults vaccinated with at least one dose, another milestone for the state’s vaccination campaign. State health officials continue to urge eligible Maryland residents to be boosted for maximum protection against the Omicron variant.
The state took a number of actions during the 30-day state of emergency, including:
- Issue executive orders to help hospitals and nursing homes address staffing shortages;
- Mobilize 1,000 members of the Maryland National Guard;
- Standing hospital-based screening sites and get more home rapid test kits;
- Distribution of more than 20 million N95/KN95 Masks;
- Expansion testing for nursing home staff and visitors; and
- Order a new set of antibody tests for nursing home residents.