Notes from Governor Hogan’s 12/17 Press Conference
Maryland has done better than health officials predicted with the post-Thanksgiving surge.
Hospitalizations decreased, acute beds decreased, ICU decreased and no percentage change in hospital admissions in the last two weeks.
“You are safer at home for the holidays this year.”
Emergency order that requires limiting travel to essential purposes only. Marylanders who travel out of state or those who travel to Maryland must get a negative Covid-19 test or self-quarantine for 10 days.
State of MD has instituted mandatory telework for state employees, and beginning Monday, 12/21 MD will be temporarily suspending all in-person, customer-facing operations at state facilities for the next 2 weeks.
Encourages any businesses who can telework to do so.
Santa has been granted exemption from all travel requirements.
$180 million in immediate emergency economic relief announced to help families/small businesses in need, $50 million in funding for hospitality businesses and hotels, $30 million in funding for restaurant relief, $15 million for entertainment venues, $5 million for rural businesses, $40 million for temporary cash assistance benefits, $40 million for developmental disability providers.
Support carryout and delivery services or give to charity this holiday season if you can, per the Governor.