Delegate Warren Miller (District 9A – Howard & Carroll County) sent the following letter on April 14th to Governor Larry Hogan:
Dear Governor Hogan,
I write to you today with grave concern regarding the future of the State’s economy and the countless businesses and citizens out of work due to the outbreak of COVID 19. I know you are aware of the lost tax revenue, unemployment insurance claims and many small business owners on the brink of bankruptcy.
I want to express on behalf of my constituents the need for planning to re-open the state after the peak of the virus. The longer we delay a coordinated plan and communication of that plan, the more harm is being done to our constituents who want to work and our non-essential business owners that need to reopen. While models regarding the outbreak vary, one model, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) suggests that Maryland’s COVID 19 peak was April 11th. The IHME is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington.
Several states including from Texas, California, Oregon, Washington and Massachusetts have today announced their plans for a phased approach to re-opening their economies.
To that end, I write to you today, so as to implore you to give those Marylanders facing hard decisions today some hope in the near future. Without a reasonable timeline for restarting the economy and without hope, irreversible business decisions are being made every day.
Delegate Warren E. Miller
District 9A Carroll, Howard Counties
Here is a photo of that letter:
I am a little torn on this letter at this point.
On one hand I agree a plan would be great. The Governor and his staff should be looking at metrics and data and have a a plan on what things need to look like in order to re-open the businesses in the state.
On the other hand it seems early yet to publish that plan in full. We have been told over and over that there are not enough tests and we still do not really know the full extent of this outbreak.
The comment in the letter above that “While models regarding the outbreak vary, one model, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) suggests that Maryland’s COVID 19 peak was April 11th” seems odd to me. The number of new daily cases and the number of deaths in Maryland has continued to rise since April 11th…so I am not sure how that date could be “the peak”.
There is a new group on Facebook called “Reopen Maryland” that has over 9,000 members. The description of the group is “Reopen Maryland is a group of Maryland citizens concerned about the impact of mass shutdowns and school closures in response to COVID-19. We are committed to peaceful advocacy for public health measures that respect Marylanders’ civil rights, economic well-being and educational access. We support immediate, responsible reopening of our state’s business, educational and religious institutions. ”
Where do you stand on this topic…should Maryland push to reopen businesses in the near future or should the state continue to be cautious while evaluating the impact of this outbreak on Maryland residents?
Let me know in the comments.