Maryland - COVID-19 Covered

Maryland

Total Cases: 47,687 (May 27)
Tests Administered: 254,487 (May 26)
Fatalities: 2,333 (May 27)
Testing:
  • Governor Hogan announced that Maryland would partner with Walmart to increase the state’s testing capacity by opening additional sites. (May 22)
  • The Maryland Department of Health announced that they are partnering with Ready Responders to bring COVID-19 screening and medical care directly to vulnerable populations. (May 21)
  • Governor Hogan announced that he would be increasing Maryland’s contact tracing capacity to over 1,400 tracers statewide, 1,000 cases daily, and 10,000 contacts daily. (May 21)
  • Governor Hogan issued an executive order allowing pharmacists to do COVID-19 tests onsite. (May 20)
  • Governor Hogan announced universal COVID-19 testing for Maryland’s correctional and juvenile facilities. (May 20)
  • Governor Hogan announced Maryland will expand COVID-19 testing criteria to include individuals who are asymptomatic. (May 19)
  • Governor Hogan announced a new drive-thru testing site at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster. (May 13)
  • Governor Hogan announced a new drive-thru testing site at a VEIP station in Hagerstown, the first state-run drive-thru site in Western Maryland. Patients must have an order from a health care provider before scheduling an appointment. (May 4)
  • Maryland has obtained 500,000 COVID-19 tests from a supplier in South Korea. (April 20)
  • Maryland will invest $2.5 million in a joint partnership with the University of Maryland to launch an initiative to enable its labs to run up to 20,000 tests a day. (April 10)
  • COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites are now available at Vehicle Emissions Inspections Program (VEIP) sites in Glen Burnie, Waldorf, and Bel Air. Patients must obtain an order from a healthcare provider and make an appointment before qualifying for a test. (March 31)
  • Governor Hogan, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Johns Hopkins University announced a $4 million joint effort to fund research into the potential therapeutic uses of COVID-19 convalescent plasma. The technique is expected to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients and boost the immune systems of health care providers and first responders. (March 27)
  • Governor Hogan issued an order dictating that health care providers prioritize tests for hospitalized and high-risk patients, symptomatic first responders, and symptomatic nursing home and long-term care patients. (March 23)
  • Results are received within “a few days to several days” depending on laboratory testing demands and resources. (March 20)

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:

  • As part of Stage One of Maryland’s “Roadmap to Recovery,” retail shops and “personal services” including hair salons and barbershops may reopen at up to 50% capacity. (May 13)
  • 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)
  • Governor Hogan issued interpretive guidance recommending that no action be taken against barbershops and beauty salons providing services to essential workers. (April 20)
  • Governor Hogan announced masks will be required in any retail establishment, as well as on public transportation beginning Saturday, April 18. (April 15)
  • Governor Hogan announced an immediate budget freeze for all state spending unrelated to payroll and COVID-19, as well as a hiring freeze. (April 10)
  • Governor Hogan signed an executive order empowering local health departments to penalize or close down any facilities deemed “unsafe,” including businesses, establishments, and construction sites. (April 5)
  • Governor Hogan authorized the use of technology to facilitate real estate closings and document notarization (March 31)
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved Maryland’s request for a Section 1135 Medicaid Waiver, enabling the state to provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screenings and enrollment. (March 26)
  • Governor Hogan ordered any Marylander who has recently spent time in New York or the tri-state area to quarantine in place and limit contact with others for at least 14 days. (March 25)
  • Governor Hogan issued an executive order directing “all non-essential businesses and other establishments” be closed. (March 23)
  • 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)
  • All business-related out-of-state travel is suspended for state employees. (March 9)

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • The USDA has approved Maryland’s request to expand SNAP food benefit payments to online purchases from certain retailers. (May 20)
  • The Baltimore City Council adopted a bill prohibiting landlords from raising rent during and after a declared state of emergencies. (April 27)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Governor Hogan amended an earlier executive order prohibiting residential evictions to include other stipulations, including stopping lenders from initiating mortgage foreclosures, suspending certain lending limits by Maryland banks, and prohibiting the repossession of cars, trucks, and mobile homes, trailers, and other residential properties. (April 3)
  • 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 ordered a temporary prohibition on evictions to those who can demonstrate they’ve been affected by COVID-19, as long as a state of emergency remains. (March 16)
  • Governor Hogan ordered prohibiting the termination of utility services, including cable and internet, as well as prohibiting late fees associated with rent payments. (March 16)

Business Support & Resources:

  • 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)
  • Governor Hogan announced the formation of “statewide strike teams,” composed of members of the National Guard, as well as health care providers and experts to assist in testing, triage, clinical work, and other care to state and local health care facilities. (April 7)
  • Maryland State employees required to work during the coronavirus pandemic will receive a $3.13 per hour pay increase for certain hours worked, leading to an increase of about $250 per pay period. (April 2)
  • 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)
  • All licenses, permits, registrations and other authorizations issued by the state that would expire during the current state of emergency will be extended until at least the 30th days after the state of emergency is lifted. (March 19)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • No records found as of May 26.
  • Baltimore Mayor Jack Young announced the city will remain under a Stay at Home Order as the rest of the state eases restrictions. (May 14)
  • 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.” (May 13)
  • Mayor Rick Meehan announced Ocean City will reopen its beach and boardwalk to the general public on May 9. (May 5)

Curfews:

  • No records found.

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • Beginning May 7 permitted outdoor activities will be expanded to include golfing, tennis, boating, and camping. (May 6) 
  • Social, community, religious, recreation and sporting events, and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. (March 19 
  • All fitness centers, spas, and theatres are also to be closed, in addition to restaurants and bars. (March 16 

Delivery Services:

  • Governor Hogan’s closure of all non-essential business still allows for carry-out, delivery, and drive through sales for restaurants and bars. (March 23)
  • Governor Hogan has issued an order allowing for delivery and carry-out of alcohol by restaurants, bars, distilleries, and wineries. (March 19)

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • The Maryland State Department of Education announced that they are launching “Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care” to expand access to childcare for parents returning to work, while also increasing advocates and other individuals conducting oversight. (May 21)
  • Governor Hogan announced schools will remain closed through the rest of the academic year. (May 6)

State Higher Education:

  • The University System of Maryland plans to resume in-person learning in the fall semester. (May 11) 
  • The University of Maryland postponed in-person move-outs from campus residence halls until further notice. (March 25) 
  • The University System of Maryland heeded guidance by Governor Hogan and will and finish the spring semester online. (March 19 

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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