Hogan Deploys State Police to Assist with COVID-19 Compliance

Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland.

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland State Police will expand its COVID-19 Compliance and Coordination Center and deploy “High Visibility Compliance Units” across Maryland, with additional troopers assigned in each county to work in partnership with local governments to investigate reports of violations of state law.

Governor Hogan emphasized the requirements for all establishments where food and/or alcohol is served to close by 10:00 pm, discouraged indoor gatherings of 25 people or more, and reminded Marylanders of the expanded travel advisory.

“Businesses and individuals who blatantly violate the public health orders and refuse to follow state law are not only willfully endangering themselves, but their family, friends, and neighbors as well,” said Hogan.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski implored Marylanders to comply with state and local measures that aim to keep residents safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now more than ever, we need to take COVID-19 seriously, said County Executive Olszewski. “Keep doing the things necessary to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe. Wear a mask. Keep your distance. Especially as we enter this holiday week, these actions are needed now more than ever.”

The governor also announced that on Wednesday, November 25, at 5:00 pm, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will send a wireless emergency alert to cell phones across the state to remind Marylanders of COVID-19 prevention measures and provide information about state and local law enforcement actions.

Maryland today reported 1,658 new COVID-19 infections, the nineteenth consecutive day of at least 1,000 new cases. Today’s seven-day positivity rate is 6.88% and COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased by 80% over the past two weeks, with the highest number of patients in the ICU since June 15.

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