Important COVID-19 Updates & Recaps
COVID-19 Helpful Links
U.S. Small Business Administration
- Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Program
U.S. Department of Treasury – CARES Act PPP Sample Application and Guidance:
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
Maryland COVID-19 Business Relief Programs:
- M&T Bank Webinar with Kelly Schulz, Secretary of Maryland Department of Commerce, SBA representative, Senator Ben Cardin and Mayor Jack Young Summarizing Maryland Programs: https://youtu.be/JwE_icxCjxM
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund
- Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund
- COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund
- COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund Fact Sheet
Maryland Executive Orders/Proclamations, Guidance and Press Releases
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
Maryland Department of Health – COVID-19
Starting today, ALL Marylanders age 16+ can now pre-register for the vaccine, with eligibility phases expected to accelerate; 75% of residents age 65+ have been vaccinated, federal mobile vaccination units and more vaccination sites are coming soon.
Another mass vaccination site set and a pre-registration website coming next month, nearly 30k shots now administered each day, increasing reports of fraud surrounding the vaccine, and additional screening for COVID-19 variants.
Now headed to the House of Delegates, the Senate has approved its pandemic RELIEF package with $1.5 billion in assistance for Marylanders.
While supply continues to be limited with only 10,000 doses available each day, Hogan is expanding Phase 1 of vaccine distribution to include those who are severely immunocompromised. Mobile clinics and mass vaccination sites with National Guard support are coming soon.
With experts insisting that in-person instruction does not increase community spread or hospitalizations, and COVID-19 numbers beginning to plateau since introduction of the vaccine, Governor Hogan urges schools to get kids in classrooms no later than March 1.
Governor Hogan announced an expedited rollout of the vaccine in Maryland – moving Phase 1B up to Monday 1/18 for ages 75+, assisted living residents and adding K-12 teachers, staff and child care providers. Phase 1C (ages 65-74) to begin Monday 1/25.
Governor Hogan provided a status on the vaccine rollout across Maryland to-date, and changes to Phases 1A, 1B, 1C and Phase 2. The National Guard will help local health departments beginning tomorrow and providers must report data within 24 hours.
Marylanders are safer at home this holiday season. Governor Hogan recommends that residents limit all travel to essential purposes only. If traveling outside of Maryland, you must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days.
Important updates on the vaccine, its distribution and its components as the Maryland death toll reaches 5,000. Plus the Department of Health addressed frequently asked questions.
Emergency business loans to be forgiven and millions more in additional tax relief, affordable housing and diabetes support announced today by Governor Hogan.
The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange presented updates to the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission on the reinsurance program, which has monthly premiums down an average of 11.9% for 2021, and recommendations for an individual market state subsidy. Recap here: [link]
Governor Hogan addressed the important topic of vaccines – with first doses expected to deliver as early as next week, 155,000 in the first batch and 300,000 by year end, thanks in part to the work of nearly 40 Maryland companies doing vaccine research.
The Health and Government Operations Committee’s Insurance and Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee heard updates on the State Reinsurance Program, Easy Enrollment and COVID-19’s impact; and legislative, budget and staffing updates from the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board.
Governor Hogan announced new compliance and enforcement efforts with Maryland State Police and new awareness campaigns to further use of prevention measures as the state positivity rate hits 6.88%.