1. The governor is announcing that he has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Maryland.
2. The vast majority of people who have tested positive in Maryland are in their 40s.
3. The governor is asking Marylanders who have recently returned from the Tri-State Area to self-quarantine for 14 days.
4. Later today, the governor will chair another teleconference of the National Governors Association.
5. The governor announces that the Senate has agreed to add some aid to the states in the stimulus agreement they have negotiated.
6. HOSPITAL SURGE PLAN. We now have 2,400 beds available–putting us weeks ahead of schedule.
7a. NEW: The governor is directing @MDHealthDept to allow medical/nursing/medical technician students to staff clinics and field hospitals.
8. The governor announces $4 million in federal funding to help communities provide at-home meals for senior citizens.
SCHOOLS. State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon announces that we will extend the closure of all public schools in #Maryland for an additional four weeks through April 24, 2020.
Dr. Salmon: “With the challenges facing our State and our country, we have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our school communities and the community at-large.”
Dr. Salmon: “I am working in concert with all local school system superintendents, including multiple calls per week, in order to provide the continuity of learning to all of our students in every jurisdiction across the State of Maryland during this time”
Dr. Salmon: “We are already working very closely with every school system to address issues affecting their ability to provide educational services to all of their students.”
Dr. Salmon: “We plan to resume the continuity of learning next week, and we will be working closely with local superintendents, school administrators, and our teachers to activate that plan.”
CHILD CARE. State Superintendent Karen Salmon: “While child care and day care facilities throughout the State may remain open at this time, our urgent focus is ensuring there are child care options for the children of essential personnel.”
Dr. Salmon: “For those essential personnel that are unable to provide care, we have worked diligently in the past week to identify locations across Maryland that will provide child care.”
Dr. Salmon: “At this juncture, we have identified space for more than 1,200 school-aged children (ages 4-12) of essential personnel at various locations throughout Maryland.”
ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic who require child care are immediately able to register for these services through a free referral hotline called LOCATE. The number to reach this referral service is 1-877-261-0060.
Watch the full press conference on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/GovLarryHogan/videos/2861779600557018/
I will have a follow up post later in the day when the press release is put on the street and when Howard County Public School Systems put out any guidance to parents.