Leonardtown, MD- On March 19, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan announced the first COVID-19 related death in Maryland; a Prince George’s County man in his 60’s with an underlying medical condition. He also announced that night that the state had 107 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including a 5-year-old girl. “Unfortunately we are only at the beginning of this crisis,” Hogan said at a press conference outside the state capitol in Annapolis.
“This fight against this global pandemic is a race against time, and we must take action now,” Hogan said.
Since that time Governor Hogan has taken numerous measures in an attempt to “flatten the curve” of the pandemic.
On March 12, the Governor banned gatherings of more than 250 people, and Dr. Karen Salmon, Superintendent of Maryland Schools; closed MD schools for 2 weeks. The Maryland Government also raised emergency activation status.
Governor Hogan ordered all of the state’s casinos, racetracks, and off-track betting to cease operations on March 15, with the shutdown beginning on March 16 at 12:01 am.
On March 16, Governor Hogan held a press conference in the late morning, where he announced an executive order that would require all bars, restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters in the state to close at 5:00 p.m. that day. The only exceptions were for restaurants that allow carry-out, drive-thru, or delivery services. In addition, following the recommendation from the CDC, Governor Hogan banned all gatherings over 50 people. The executive order additionally postponed evictions and all utilities could not be cut off or incur late fees.
On March 30, 2020, Governor Hogan issued a Stay at Home order effective 8 pm that night. School closings were also extended until April 25, 2020.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, twenty days after the first death; Maryland registered its 100th death, bringing the total to 103.
As of 10 am. this morning, April 7, 2020, Maryland has 4,371 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 with over 27,256 negative tests. A total of 1,106 required or require hospitalization, while a total of 288(+104 in the last 24 hours) have been released from isolation. The number of negative tests and confirmed positive tests represents just .5% of the 6.2 million Maryland population.
As of Tuesday morning, there were 8,802 positive COVID-19 cases in Maryland, Virginia and the District. There were big jumps in cases across the three jurisdictions Monday, bringing the total in Maryland to 4,371, with 3,330 in Virginia and 1,101 in the District. Southern Maryland has recorded 223 confirmed cases with 2 deaths so far.
“This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives,” Adams said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized; it’s going to be happening all over the country,” Adams said.
He added, however, that there “is a light at the end of the tunnel if everyone does their part for the next 30 days.”
“We’re going to be the next hot spot,” Hogan told CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, counting Washington, D.C. and Virginia in his prediction as well. He compared the pandemic to a “terrible hurricane” that is “hitting all 50 states, and it keeps coming every day, and it keeps intensifying and getting worse.”
Meanwhile on CBS’s Face the Nation, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious diseases expert, told host Margaret Brennan that saying the federal government has COVID-19 under control “would be a false statement.”
“We are struggling to get it under control, and that’s the issue that’s at hand right now,” Fauci said.
“This next week is going to look bad because we’re still not at that apex,” Fauci said. “Within a week, eight, nine days or so, we’re hopefully going to see that turning around.
Editor’s Note: As of the publishing of this article we have repeatedly asked the County Health Departments for the number of total tests they have performed and have been told they do not know that number. we have reached out to the Maryland Department of Health’s Charles Gischlar, Deputy Director, Office of Communications and he is working on getting the numbers for the Southern Maryland Counties for us. It will be added once received.