County Expected to Follow Governor’s New Orders

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is expected to follow state of Maryland Governor Hogan’s new Executive Order to ease some of the current COVID-19 mitigation measures currently in place. The new orders are effective Friday, March 12th at 5 PM.  On September 24, 2020, the BOC voted to adhere to all Governor Hogan’s Executive Orders relating to COVID-19. On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the Board will meet in Open Session and further discuss the new executive order and future steps.

Watch Governor Hogan’s press conference here, read the specifics for Governor Hogan’s new Executive Order here and the corresponding press release is here.

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“I am encouraged and cautiously optimistic about the Governor’s comments at today’s press conference and expect Carroll County to follow this new guidance,” said Commissioner Ed Rothstein. “However, it is important to repeat that we are still in a pandemic and  everyone should continue to put the safety of yourselves and everyone around you first, and remain vigilant with wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and washing your hands. Together we can keep moving in this positive direction.”

To continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, county leaders strongly encourage all residents to continue to follow state executive orders as well as public health guidance related to COVID-19 and adhere to safety guidelines.

Accurate COVID-19 information is vital to our community. For the most current and accurate information about the situation, please refer to the following:

Carroll County Health Department (CCHD):           https://cchd.maryland.gov/covid-19/

Maryland Department of Health (MDH):     https://health.maryland.gov/pages/home.aspx

Centers for Disease Control (CDC):             https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Carroll County Government has developed a dedicated COVID-19 page with important links and updates:  https://www.carrollcountymd.gov/residents/county-spotlight/covid-19-information/.

CCHD continues to operate a hotline, available 8 am – 5 pm at 410-876-4848, Monday-Friday. After hours, callers may leave a message or call 2-1-1. All emergencies should continue to call 9-1-1.

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Meanwhile in Howard County: “Unfortunately, we were not informed ahead of time of the Governor’s announcements today. We are currently reviewing the revised Executive Order to understand its full implications. We will continue to evaluate our metrics and we remain committed to making data informed and people driven decisions to keep Howard County residents safe.” (See full statement here).

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