Hogan Rolls Back Reopenings: “This Is Not the Flu”

Governor Larry Hogan announces new restrictions as COVID-19 infections skyrocket across the state.

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland.

“In addition to masks, avoiding crowds, and social distancing, one of the most important things you can do to protect your friends and family is to get tested for COVID-19″ said Hogan.

Maryland today reported 2,149 new COVID-19 infections, the fourteenth consecutive day of at least 1,000 new cases — a new record and the ninth straight day the state has set a record in this category. Today marks the fifth consecutive day that the state has reported at least 1,700 new cases.

“Regardless of the disinformation spread over social media, this is not the flu, it is not fake news,” said Hogan. “We are in a war right now and the virus is winning.”

Hospital Visitation

As of today, the Maryland Department of Health is issuing an order to restrict hospital visitation statewide until further notice, compassionate care, parents or guardians of minors, obstetrics, and support for patients with disabilities.

See hospital visitation order here.

Elective Procedures

The Maryland Department of Health has issued guidance warning hospitals to, if possible, avoid any elective procedure admissions that are not urgent or life-saving. “Our highest priority right now is preserving capacity at our hospitals so that our doctors and nurses can do their jobs and make sure people get the right critical, life-saving treatment” said Hogan.

Nursing Homes

Until further notice, the State is limiting visitation at all Maryland nursing homes. Indoor visitation will generally be limited to compassionate care visits, and all visitors must have proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours prior to visit. The state is doubling the number of Rapid Response Teams which are deployed to nursing homes and to other outbreaks, clusters, and hotspots to provide an extra level of triage and to supplement staffing needs. The order institutes mandatory, twice-weekly testing for all staff at Maryland nursing homes, and mandatory weekly testing for all nursing home residents, effective no later than Friday, November 20.

Bars and Restaurants

Hogan announced that effective Friday, November 20 at 5:00 pm, all bars ,restaurants, and facilities where food and/or alcohol are served will be required to close by 10:00 pm. Takeout and delivery services are encouraged, but in-person dining operations will not be permitted between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Retail and Religious Institutions

All retail businesses and religious institutions statewide will revert to Stage Two 50% capacity restrictions effective Friday, November 20 at 5:00 pm.

Stadiums and Racetracks

Fans will no longer be permitted at any professional or collegiate stadiums or racetracks effective Friday, November 20 at 5:00 pm.

Watch the full press conference.

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