Howard County to Release HoCo RISE Collaborative Report, Mark One-Year of COVID-19  

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will be hosting a press conference on Monday, March 15th at 10:30 a.m. to memorialize the 1-year anniversary of Howard County’s first COVID-19 case and to announce the completion of the HoCo RISE Collaborative report. County Executive Ball launched the Collaborative in November 2020 and charged the members to provide key recommendations surrounding implications of a possible second wave of COVID-19 and its ongoing impacts. The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook.  

“The devastation, loss, and trauma, from this pandemic will reverberate through generations,” said Ball. “With all the challenges of the past year, we know that this moment calls for reflection, and to find the opportunities to improve and move forward stronger, together. Stakeholders from around our County met my ambitious goal to produce recommendations for these areas in 100 working days. Today, we’re joined by many members of the Collaborative, to help us define the roadmap to our new normal.” 



HoCo RISE Collaborative Report Press Conference   


Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. 


Outside The Charmery, 6000 Merriweather Dr Suite B185 Columbia, MD 21044. Media may park at 6275 Mango Tree Road, Columbia, MD. Directions to the parking garage can be found here.  


  • Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive 
  • Ken Ulman, Chair of the HoCo Rise Collaborative 
  • Dr. Elizabeth Kromm, Public Health Response Workgroup Chair 
  • Lonnie Robbins, Government Response Workgroup Chair 
  • Marcellous Frye, Jobs & Economy Workgroup Chair 
  • Minah Woo, Education & Workforce Workgroup Chair 
  • Shonte Eldridge, Family Opportunities Workgroup Chair


Here is the article from one year ago:

March 15, 2020: Howard County has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus

Here is the press conference on March 15, 2021:

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