Governor Hogan urges Federal Government to make Region a High Priority.
Maryland- At a Tuesday afternoon Press Conference, Governor Larry Hogan said, “I was calling all weekend, late into the night, almost every day for a solid week.” Hogan said he was calling everyone in Washington, including President Donald Trump.
Over the weekend Vice President Mike Pence called Hogan and said the region would be a “top priority”.
Hogan explained that the Baltimore-Washington Region, which includes portions of Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles), has seen a significant increase of positive COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks. The area itself is home to 80% of Maryland’s population(5 million, 6.2 million total population)and accounts for 52% of Maryland’s Economy.
The Baltimore-Washington Corridor is home to the Nation’s top health, research and national security installations, such as the National Institute of Health, The Federal Drug Administration, The National Security Administration, The U.S. Cyber Command and “critical” military bases.
Hogan argued that the area has a high number of cases and hundreds of thousands of federal workers living in the region.
Hogan said he flagged the entire state of Maryland to the White House plus the city of Baltimore and 11 counties in particular: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Queen Anne’s.
Of those 12 localities, on March 24, 2020, they had a combined 367 positive cases(statewide: 423) with 4 deaths. On April 7, 2020, just 15 days later they accounted for 3,163 positive cases(4,371 statewide) and 81 deaths(103 statewide).
At this point, Governor Hogan has not announced or laid out what the Federal Government will do or provide in response to labeling the region as an emerging hotspot.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said earlier this week that the coming 7-10 days could be the worst we’ve seen in our lives.
“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.
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.
As for what is in store for the state and the Southern Maryland Region in the coming weeks is unknown. The County Health Departments, nor the State Health Department keep records of how many tests are performed in a specific county. We know that 27,256 individuals have tested negative (as of Tuesday 4/7/2020) for COVID-19, but we do not know where they were tested. Of the positive and negative tests reported, it amounts to .5% of the state’s population.