On the evening of February 2, 2022, Governor Larry Hogan delivered his 2022 State of the State Address from the Old Senate Chamber of the State House in Annapolis, announcing the end of Maryland’s state of emergency to take effect on February 3, 2022.
As Maryland emerges from the Omicron variant wave with case rates reportedly declining by nearly 85% and positivity rates declining by nearly 75%, Governor Hogan announced during his State of the State Address that the 30-day state of emergency ends on February 3, and the state’s ongoing long-term public health response will continue (Governor fact sheet).
Governor Hogan spoke to the State’s COVID-19 progress (please note all references of time align with the speech’s delivery date of February 2):
Together, we have led one of the strongest health and economic recoveries in America thanks to the heroics of our health care workers, our emergency services personnel, National Guard soldiers and airmen, and the resilience of our small business community and all the people of our state who came together, looked out for one another, and who answered the call to be ‘Maryland Strong.’
We have now spent nearly two years fighting this virus and it has taken far too much from us, including, sadly, 13,316 of our fellow Marylanders.
But tonight there is hope, because with swift and decisive actions and the vigilance of Marylanders, I’m pleased to report that we have turned back another dangerous variant of COVID-19, and tomorrow, the state of emergency will end in Maryland.
Our long-term public health response will continue. Our surge capacity, our testing and tracing operations, our vaccine clinics—all those things will remain in place as part of the ongoing operations of government.
View the full State of the State Address on Governor Hogan’s YouTube Channel.
The Governor also posted highlights and quotes from his address on his Twitter feed: