Notes From Governor Hogan’s 1pm Press Conference
The notes from this afternoon’s press co Terence come from Governor Hogan’s Deputy Communications Director, Kata Hall.
• COVID Vaccine Update:
-92.1% of Marylanders over 65 have been vaccinated
-75.2% of Maryland adults have been vaccinated
• COVID Data Update:
-Seven-day positivity is 0.73% (one of lowest in the country)
-Case rate per 100K is 1.08 (one of lowest in the country)
-Hospitalizations down from peak of 1,952 to 133
• VAXU SCHOLARSHIP PROMOTION. @GovLarryHogan announces partnership between @MDHealthDept and @MDMHEC to provide $1 million in college scholarships for Marylanders age 12 to 17 who get vaccinated.
• Beginning Monday, July 12, a $50,000 scholarship (the equivalent of full tuition and fees at a public, in-state institution of higher education) will be awarded to anyone age 12-17 who is vaccinated in Maryland.
• Two scholarships will be awarded every week for 8 weeks through Labor Day, when we will pick 4 winners.
• Winners will receive a Maryland 529 Prepaid College Trust contract, which locks in today’s tuition rates for the future, or a Maryland 529 College Investment Plan.
If they decide to attend private or out-of-state school, scholarship can be transferred to school of choice.
• ENTRY. If you are a Marylander between the ages of 12 and 17, all you have to do to enter the VaxU Scholarship Promotion is get vaccinated for #COVID19 in Maryland.
Those who have already been vaccinated here at any time will automatically be entered to win.
• @MDHealthDept will work with @MDMHEC to notify all the winners. Scholarship funds are being provided through funding from the American Rescue Plan.
• @GovLarryHogan: “It is clearer than ever that these vaccines are extremely effective, but those who are unvaccinated do remain at risk, especially with the highly transmissible variants.”
• According to state health officials:
-95% of all new COVID cases reported in Maryland last month were people who have not been vaccinated
-93% of all new COVID hospitalizations were unvaccinated Marylanders
-100% of all COVID deaths in June were unvaccinated Marylanders