Notes from Governor Hogan’s 12/17 Press Conference

by MCS Staff

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.



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Jennifer Chen December 18, 2020 - 3:42 pm

are you shut anything down

Dawn miles December 18, 2020 - 4:35 pm

I’m in need of assistance I just recently lost my husband our story was aired on WMAR 2 news trying to get help through the Department of social services is impossible there employees can’t answer many questions they make mistakes and us citizens have to pay the consequences I know covid has made things challenging but many need help like me and have no where to turn I was left with no resources I’m dreading Christmas I can’t even afford to put a marker on my husband’s grave 💔

Rob D December 18, 2020 - 4:54 pm

Great summary. I don’t know if the orders go far enough, but Hogan has taken a measured approach and has clear messaging. I just want us to keep ahead of the curve, shutting down after your case numbers explode is too late for the hospital capacity.


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