Maryland - COVID-19 Covered

Maryland

Total Cases: 336,915 (January 23)
Tests Administered: 3,097,633 (January 22)
Fatalities: 6,792 (January 23)
Testing:
  • A list of Maryland COVID-19 testing locations can be found here 

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 introduced the RELIEF Act of 2021, an emergency legislative package that would provide more than $1 billion in direct stimulus and tax relief for working families, small businesses, and those who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (January 11) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that all Maryland SNAP recipients would receive an additional 15% increase in their total benefits beginning in January due to recent federal legislation. In addition, as part of the state’s emergency economic relief measures, Maryland’s Temporary Cash Assistance families would receive an additional $40 million in benefits. (January 6) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that more than $154 million would be available in energy assistance funds to help cover heating, electric, and gas utility bills. (December 30) 
  • Governor Hogan announced the recipients of 32 awards totaling more than $8 million to tourism-related nonprofits through the Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative. (December 18) 
  • Governor Hogan signed an executive order to provide emergency tax relief to small businesses, forgives $75 million in small business loans, commits $25 million for low income housing, $12 million for rental housing works program. Governor Hogan also announced $94 million in new grants and investments for diabetes treatment and prevention and $10 million for victim and youth services, law enforcement. (December 10) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that 17 Maryland local jurisdictions were awarded $19.3 million in Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership grants, which will address the needs of more than 3,600 households across the state. (November 23) 
  • Governor Hogan announced the commitment of $70 million in new investments for initiatives to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Marylanders during the COVID-19 pandemic. (November 12)
  • As part of Governor Hogan’s $250 million economic recovery package for Marylanders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, new financial assistance programs are now available to restaurants, independent artists, arts organizations, entertainment venues, and Main Street businesses across the state. (November 6) 
  • The Maryland Department of Health announced awards for more than $50 million in new grant funding to advance substance use disorder treatment, prevention and recovery support initiatives in communities statewide through the State Opioid Response (SOR) II grant. Made possible by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SOR II includes more than $12 million in funding for new grant recipients. (October 28) 
  • 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) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Hogan announced $30 million in awards for more than 90 live music and performance venues, live entertainment promoters, and independently-owned local movie theaters whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19. (January 15) 
  • 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 announced expanded eligibility for all Marylanders 65 and over to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines in January. (January 14) 
  • The Maryland Department of Health announced Operation Courage, a new support services program designed to address the growing and long-term mental health care needs of frontline workers and first responders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The program launched with a new website and an online assessment designed to encourage workers to get needed help. (January 11) 
  • The Maryland Department of Health launched its new COVID-19 vaccine information page, which will serve as home base for COVID-19 vaccine updates. (December 18) 
  • Governor Hogan announced the reactivation of the Maryland National Guard to support state and local health officials in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines statewide. (December 15) 
  • The Maryland Department of Health announced that it is partnering with officials in Allegany, Dorchester, and Montgomery counties to launch a new round of #MasksOnMaryland mask distribution events. On Wednesday, November 18, each of the jurisdictions will host an event to encourage the use of face coverings in public places by providing free face masks to residents. (November 17) 
  • The Maryland Department of Health today announced the launch of MD COVID Alert, the official COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Express system of Maryland. MD COVID Alert uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to quickly notify users who might have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 with the goal of reducing infections in Maryland. (November 10) 
  • Governor Hogan continued to call for vigilance in the fight against COVID-19 as he issued an order to renew the current state of emergency in Maryland. (October 30) 
  • 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) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • 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 and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon called on all Maryland school systems to return to hybrid instruction no later than March 1. Further guidance can be found here. (January 21) 
  • Governor Hogan announced that every county school system in Maryland was fully authorized to begin safely reopening. (August 27) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Maryland universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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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