Maryland Governor Larry Hogan posted the following statement last evening on Facebook:
Today, Maryland’s State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the first positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland.
In order to further mobilize all available state resources in response to this threat to public health, I have issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in Maryland. With this declaration, I am officially authorizing and directing the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to ramp up coordination among all state and local agencies and enable them to fast-track coordination with our state and local health departments and emergency management teams.
While today’s news may seem overwhelming, this is not a reason to panic. Marylanders should go to work or go to school tomorrow just as they normally would. At the same time, I want to continue to remind everyone to prepare themselves and continue to stay informed. I am confident in our state’s ability to respond effectively to these three cases of coronavirus as well as to any future cases, and to be a national leader in responding to this situation and in developing treatments and perhaps even a vaccine.
I encourage Marylanders to stay informed by visiting health.maryland.gov/coronavirus or by calling 2-1-1.
Here is the press conference via Facebook from last evening: https://www.facebook.com/GovLarryHogan/videos/200181244663646/
I agree with Governor Hogan…there is no need to panic or freak out and I also agree we should all stay as informed as possible to the happenings around this virus now that there are confirmed cases here in Maryland.
It will be something I will keep an eye on and report updates on the blog as I see new information.
As of this post:
COVID-19 Testing and Confirmed Case Counts in Maryland