Maryland - COVID-19 Covered

Maryland

Total Cases: 91,144 (August 4)
Tests Administered: 960,637 (August 3)
Fatalities: 3,523 (August 4)
Testing:
  • A list of Maryland COVID-19 testing locations can be found here 
  • Governor Larry Hogan announced further COVID-19 testing expansion, including new testing sites and requiring physicians to order COVID-19 test for any individual who requests it. (July 2) 
  • Maryland Department of Health announced the “Answer the Call” statewide multimedia campaign for COVID-19 contact tracing. (June 30) 

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 open enrollment for the assisted housing relief program. (July 24) 
  • Governor Hogan announced $190 million in relief to help colleges, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations through a new nonprofit recovery initiative. (June 30) 
  • 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 coronavirus 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)
  • The Baltimore City Council adopted a bill prohibiting landlords from raising rent during and after a declared state of emergencies. (April 27)
  • As part of the CARES Act, Maryland will receive more than $1.6 million to assist workers laid off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. (April 20)
  • The White House granted Maryland a Major Disaster Declaration, allowing the state to access federal aid, including reimbursement for the Emergency Protective Measures taken by state and local government agencies and certain nonprofit groups. (March 26)
  • Governor Hogan signed emergency legislation (HB1663/SB.1080) ensuring that Marylanders will not be charged copays or fees associated with COVID-19 testing and prohibiting retailers from unfair price gouging on essential goods such as food, fuel, medicine, medical supplies, and cleaning supplies. (March 19)
  • 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 a $3 million Small Business COVID-19 Reimbursement Grant Program for local businesses. (July 14) 
  • Governor Hogan announced the disbursement of more than $1.6 million in the first round of grants to Maryland businesses assisting in the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). (April 28)
  • 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)
  • In conjunction with Governor Hogan’s order closing all non-essential businesses, he announced more than $175 million to assist businesses and workers affected by COVID-19, $125 million of which will be provided by the Maryland Department of Commerce. $7 million will be allocated to launch the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund to support businesses undergoing economic stresses due to COVID-19. (March 23)
  • Maryland received official designation from the US Small Business Administration for its Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) program, which provides low-interested federal disaster loans to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (March 19)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Hogan announced a statewide mask order and out-of-state travel advisory. (July 29) 
  • Governor Hogan announced further reopenings of the state will be delayed. (July 29) 
  • Baltimore City has banned indoor dining and bar service. (July 24) 
  • Baltimore County will require masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces starting July 23. (July 21) 
  • Anne Arundel County has announced a strict mask mandate. (July 9) 
  • Governor Hogan announced a phased reopening plan for assisted living facilities in conjunction with strict guidelines. (June 26) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that nursing homes may begin allowing limited outdoor visits, in conjunction with certain testing and social distancing requirements. (June 19)
  • Montgomery County will enter Phase Two of reopening on June 19. (June 15)
  • Governor Hogan announced additional reopenings through Stage Two of Maryland’s reopening plan, including indoor dining at 50% capacity beginning June 12 and indoor gyms beginning June 19. (June 10)
  • As part of Stage One of Maryland’s “Roadmap to Recovery,” effective May 15, the state will move from a Stay at Home order to a “Safer at Home public health advisory,” which strongly advises Marylanders “to continue staying home as much as possible.” Additionally, retail shops and “personal services” including hair salons and barbershops may reopen at up to 50% capacity. (May 13)
  • Beginning May 7 permitted outdoor activities will be expanded to include golfing, tennis, boating, and camping. (May 6)
  • Governor Hogan announced masks will be required in any retail establishment, as well as on public transportation beginning Saturday, April 18. (April 15)

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Hogan issues an emergency order to prohibit blanket school closures in 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 return to school options for the coming school year. Details can be found here.   
  • Governor Hogan is encouraging local school systems to hold “safe outdoor graduation ceremonies” with appropriate capacity and social distancing measures. (June 10) 

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 announces all students must be tested for COVID-19 before starting school. (July 30) 

Giving Oportunities

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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