Notes from Governor Hogan’s 1/5 Press Conference (includes Updated Phases)

Notes from Governor Hogan’s 1/5 Press Conference (graphics by Governor Hogan’s communications director, Mike Ricci)

270,150 doses of vaccines have been allocated by the state to hospitals, nursing homes, and local health departments as part of Phase 1A (98.7% of doses from the federal government).

163,225 doses were sent to every Maryland hospital. They have administered 55,941 doses, which is 34.3%.

Five counties have already used 80% or more of their allocations to date, including MoCo.

Governor Hogan has contacted United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about his concerns with the slow pace of the program.

CEO of CVS tells Governor Hogan that they have administered twice as many vaccinations in the state as are being reported.

While not happy with how slow it’s moving, Governor Hogan says the pace is improving each day.

Maryland completed a record 11,553 vaccinations today, bringing total to 76,916.

How distribution process works

Maryland National Guard will start to dispatch emergency vaccination support teams to assist local health departments (they will help administer shots and provide logistical support starting tomorrow)

Effective immediately, the state is adopting a rolling vaccine allocation model and will no longer wait before all the members of a particular priority group are completed before moving on to those in the next group in line.

In the first 3 weeks, MD has only received enough vaccines for 4.4% of our population and is reliant on the federal government for our supply of vaccines.

Phase 1A populations now expanded. All licensed, registered, and certified healthcare providers anywhere in the state are now eligible for vaccination.

New Phase 1B will now include all Marylanders over the age of 75.

Phase 1B will include special needs group homes, high-risk inmates, developmentally disabled populations, continuity of government vaccinations, teachers, child care, and education staff.

New Phase 1C includes all Marylanders 65-74 and workers in additional critical sectors including grocery stores, public transit, agricultural production, and manufacturing.

New Phase 2 will include Marylanders ages 16-64 who are at increased risk of COVID-19 and essential workers in critical utilities and other sectors (additional 1.1 million Marylanders).

Recent Stories

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich released his weekly message to the community on Friday, April 12th. The full message/update can be seen below:

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Peter Chang Gaithersburg, which is currently in its soft opening, will hold its official grand opening on Thursday, April 18.

The DMV’s first Mango location opens on Saturday, April 13 at Montgomery Mall (7101 Democracy Blvd) in Bethesda.

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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