Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks today extended the County’s stay-at-home order through June 1. The decision follows Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement that some parts of the state could move into the first stage of recovery.
As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Hogan yesterday announced that effective Friday, May 15 at 5:00 PM, the stay-at-home order will be lifted and manufacturing, retail, worship services, and some personal services will be allowed to resume with limitations. Governor Hogan emphasized the importance of local control and decision making in moving forward with the first stage of Maryland’s coronavirus recovery plan.
“We are very much still in the thick of this virus,” County Executive Alsobrooks said. “The population of Prince George’s County and Montgomery County make up one-third of the state. Right now that’s where a crux of the cases are.”
Prince George’s County Health Officer Ernest Carter detailed five steps that must be in place before the County can safely reopen.
- Reducing the curve: The County must see a two-week decline in coronavirus cases and COVID-19-related deaths before moving forward with Stage One of Maryland’s coronavirus recovery plan. Right now, the County is averaging nine deaths a day.
- Healthcare system capacity: The County must see a two-week decline in hospitalizations and have at least thirty percent of ICU beds available in case of another surge.
- More Testing: The County must have the capability to test at least 9,000 individuals per week. Currently, the County has the capacity to test about 5,500 individuals per week.
- Contact Tracers: The County needs more contact tracers. The County has secured contracts for additional contact tracers and will also identify and train County employees to begin contact tracing. Contact tracing helps find people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and have them self-quarantine before they inadvertently infect others.
- More Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The County does not currently have enough PPE for staff at hospitals to handle a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases.
Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.