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Annapolis, MD- At approx. 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on Twitter that three individuals have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. The test was performed and validated by the state’s Public Health Laboratory in Baltimore.
The Governor did not release the names of the sick, or where they were from. During the Press Conference, it was released that the individuals are confined to their homes in Montgomery County
The Governor says that the three patients contracted the virus while traveling overseas, and notes that they are in good condition.
” We have been actively preparing for this situation over the last several weeks across all levels of government. I encourage all Marylanders not to panic, but to take this seriously and to stay informed as we continue to provide updates'”, says Hogan.
Governor Hogan will be holding a press conference from Annapolis at 8 p.m. this evening.
Governor Hogan proclaims a State of Emergency to allow all offices in Maryland to coordinate with each other in fighting the novel coronavirus.
What does a “State of Emergency” mean?
??A state of emergency has been declared in order to allow Maryland to coordinate and request emergency resources and support in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). A state of emergency allows the Governor to access certain resources in order to increase the State’s response.
A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow officials’ orders and news stations in order to be informed of the situation.
Here is additional information about this state of emergency:
Will schools be closed?
States of Emergencies typically do not mandate school closures. It usually is the local school district’s decision to stay open or to close. Check with your school for up-to-date closure information.
Will stores and businesses be open?
This state of emergency does not require employers to close. We ask that all employers consider employee safety at all times and review their teleworking, leave, and continuity of operations plans and policies.
What you need to know about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
For the latest information on COVID-19 please visit health.maryland.gov
This is a developing story and we will bring more updates when available.