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Masks to be decided by school districts, Maryland panel says

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A panel of Maryland lawmakers has voted to let local school districts decide whether students must wear face coverings in school. The Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review voted 17-1 on Friday to approve a request by the state's school board to end an emergency order of statewide requirements. Earlier this week, Maryland State School Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury cited improvements in […]

today02/28/2022 8


Mask requirement to end Feb. 22 in Maryland state buildings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland will stop requiring masks in state buildings next week. The governor on Monday cited continuing improvements in state health metrics relating to COVID-19. Hospitalizations have dropped to 751 in Maryland. That is down 78% since hitting a peak last month. Hogan says the state is able to take another step toward normalcy in state operations, given the dramatic declines in state […]

today02/15/2022 5


Maryland governor calls to end school mask requirement

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has called on the State Board of Education to stop requiring face coverings in schools. In a letter Thursday to the board's president, Hogan cited the state's improving health metrics, as well as the widespread availability of vaccines for school-age children. Hogan also wrote that a growing number of medical professionals, parents and state officials of both parties throughout the nation are […]

today02/10/2022 4


Hogan announces $2 million promotion for booster shots

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov Larry Hogan has announced a new plan to encourage people to get booster shots against COVID-19, with a total of $2 million in drawings for people who have been boosted. The prizes will be for 12 residents. The promotion starts next Tuesday, Feb. 15, with a special initial drawing of $500,000. Prizes of $50,000 will be awarded weekly for the following 10 weeks. On […]

today02/09/2022 4


Maryland’s first lady tests positive for coronavirus

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's governor says his wife has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted Thursday morning that first lady Yumi Hogan tested positive as part of their weekly testing regimen. The governor says his wife, who has been vaccinated and received a booster, will quarantine at the governor's residence in Annapolis. He says he received negative rapid and PCR tests. […]

today01/21/2022 5


Hogan announces 10 hospital testing sites for COVID-19

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is opening 10 new hospital-based testing sites for COVID-19. Gov. Larry Hogan announced the locations of the sites while touring a new state-run testing site at Laurel Medical Center. The nine additional sites will open by the end of next week to meet rising demand for testing and to divert people way from emergency rooms just to get a test. The new sites will be […]

today01/07/2022 9


Mask mandate returns in Maryland state buildings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Masks are required again in all state buildings in Maryland. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that face coverings are required for employees and visitors in all state buildings and leased space in all public or shared spaces. The announcement comes as state health officials reported 14,251 new coronavirus cases Monday and 2,746 hospitalizations. The governor announced that the state will give employees who receive a […]

today01/05/2022 19


Hogan declares 30-day state of emergency due to virus surge

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a 30-day state of emergency to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases. As part of the announcement on Tuesday, Hogan said 1,000 members of the Maryland National Guard will be mobilized to help state and local health officials. About 250 National Guard members will be deployed to support COVID-19 testing sites across Maryland, including at hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, […]

today01/05/2022 12


State of MD has new coronavirus drugs that may guard against death

BALTIMORE (AP) — State officials in Maryland say they've gotten the first load of two new antiviral medicines that may guard people with Covid-19 from becoming seriously ill or dying. The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that the drugs are called Paxlovid and Molnupiravir. The Maryland Department of Health said that the medications are given to infected patients in pill form over five days. A medical trial has estimated that Paxlovid […]

today01/03/2022 8