Governor Larry Hogan last week renewed his declaration of a state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the declaration of a state of emergency and existence of a catastrophic public health emergency on March 5, 2020, there have been more than 253,000 laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and more than 5,300 related deaths in Maryland.
Under Public Safety Article Section 14-107 of Maryland law, the governor has broad powers and access to certain resources during a state of emergency in order to increase the State’s response and protect the health and safety of Maryland residents.
The emergency declaration — which, under state law must be renewed every 30 days to remain in effect — was renewed on March 17, 2020, April 10, 2020, May 6, 2020, June 3, 2020, July 1, 2020, July 30, 2020, August 10, 2020, September 8, 2020, October 6, 2020, October 29, 2020, and November 25, 2020.
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