Maryland - COVID-19 Covered

Maryland

Total Cases: 139,487 (October 25)
Fatalities: 4,091 (October 25)
Testing:
  • A list of Maryland COVID-19 testing locations can be found here 
  • Governor Hogan announced new rapid COVID-19 antigen testing in Maryland. (September 11) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Hogan signed an executive order designating workers providing services to the disabled as healthcare workers, and therefore essential. (April 1)
  • Pursuant to Governor Hogan’s order to close all non-essential businesses, the following businesses in the following industries may remain open: chemicals, commercial facilities, communications, critical manufacturing, defense, emergency services, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, government facilities, health care and public health, IT, transportation, and water and wastewater. (March 23)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Maryland released official reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here.

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Hogan announced the $250 million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative,’ which will provide funding from the Rainy Day Fund to directly assist restaurants, small businesses, local entertainment venues, arts organizations, and Main Streets across the state. The initiative doubles the state’s total commitment to COVID-19 emergency economic relief for Marylanders to $500 million. (October 22 
  • Governor Hogan announced a new $10 million initiative to provide critical support to thousands of Maryland farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maryland Farmer COVID-19 Relief Program will offer direct assistance to contract poultry growers and a bonus payment to any farm operation that received funding through the first round of the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. (October 19) 
  • Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Governor Larry Hogan announced that $11.7 million in general funds will be directed to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation to provide legal services to families facing eviction and other housing security issues. (October 8) 
  • Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation is extending the deadline to apply for 2020 Homeowners’ and Renters’ Property Tax Credits from October 1 to October 31. (September 28) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions can begin applying for $16 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants, which will help support local rental assistance programs across the state. (September 9) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that the State of Maryland is renewing its successful partnership with The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to implement the Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities for People with Disabilities initiative. (September 3) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that more than $10 million has been awarded to 445 small businesses through the Maryland Department of Labor’s COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, saving more than 8,800 jobs. (August 31) 
  • FEMA has approved Maryland’s application for an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits. (August 20) 
  • Governor Hogan announced open enrollment for the assisted housing relief program. (July 24) 
  • Governor Hogan announced $30 million in funding through the CARES Act will be used for eviction prevention support. (June 26) 
  • Baltimore County announced an Eviction Prevention Program to assist residents who are at risk of eviction due to financial crises related to COVID-19. (June 9) 
  • Governor Hogan extended an executive order prohibiting residential utility shutoffs or the charging of late fees. (May 29) 
  • Baltimore Mayor Jack Young announced the city will use $13 million in federal COVID-19 relief to create a rental assistance program. The program will assist tenants in paying past-due rent and provide them with legal counsel if they need to take their landlords to court. (May 12 
  • Governor Hogan signed legislation (HB 1663/SB 1080)  which prohibits employers from terminating an employee solely on the basis that the employee required isolation or quarantine; the legislation also provides flexibility to the Secretary of Labor to allow workers who have not been terminated to collect unemployment insurance if their employed has been closed due to COVID-19. (March 19) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced $3 million Small Business COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program for local businesses. (July 14) 
  • Governor Hogan announced $190 million in relief to help colleges, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations through a new nonprofit recovery initiative. (June 30) 
  • Baltimore Mayor Jack Young announced $5.5 million in financial assistance for small businesses within the city. The funding is provided by a public-private partnership, the COVID-19 Small Business Task Force. (April 23) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Hogan issued orders updating safe capacity limits for outdoor sporting and entertainment venues while maintaining face-covering requirements and strict public health protocols. (October 16) 
  • Governor Hogan extended the COVID-19 state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency, allowing for the use of voting centers during the pandemic and defining the parameters for which they can be used. (October 6) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that indoor visitation may resume at Maryland nursing homes where no new cases have been reported in 14 days or more, along with greater flexibility for compassionate care visits, and an additional $6 million specifically for testing nursing home staff. (October 1) 
  • Governor Hogan marked the beginning of the state’s first-ever Maryland Restaurant Week by announcing expanded capacity for indoor dining. Effective September 21 at 5:00PM, capacity for indoor operations at restaurants may increase from 50 to 75 percent, with appropriate distancing, and following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association. (September 21) 
  • The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced the Maryland Partnership for Prevention as its community partner in an enhanced statewide initiative to promote and facilitate childhood and flu vaccination activities throughout the fall. The effort will also support COVID-19 vaccination activity, in preparation for when a vaccine becomes available. (September 10) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that based on the state’s improving health metrics, Maryland will begin to move into Stage 3 of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery, with additional safe and gradual reopenings. (September 1) 
  • Governor Hogan announced a statewide mask order and out-of-state travel advisory. (July 29) 
  • Governor Hogan announced further reopening of the state will be delayed. (July 29) 
  • Baltimore City banned indoor dining and bar service. (July 24) 
  • On May 7, permitted outdoor activities were expanded to include golfing, tennis, boating, and camping. (May 6) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Hogan announced that every county school system in Maryland is now fully authorized to begin safely reopening. (August 27) 
  • Governor Hogan issued an emergency order to prohibit blanket school closures in the upcoming academic year. (August 3) 
  • Some Anne Arundel private schools have announced a return to face-to-face learning for the upcoming fall semester. (July 6) 
  • Maryland’s State Board of Education released a recovery plan for schools, which includes a return to school options for the coming school year. Details can be found here.   

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Maryland universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • The University System of Maryland announced all students must be tested for COVID-19 before starting school. (July 30) 

Giving Opportunities

April 20, 2020

Governor’s office is referring companies interested in helping to this site for methods to donate and volunteer.

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